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DRDO test fires indigenous ballistic missile 'Prahar' from Chandipur integrated test range

The missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was launched from a mobile launcher.

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Balasore (Odisha) Updated on: September 20, 2018 18:54 IST
DRDO test fires indigenous ballistic missile 'Prahar' from
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DRDO test fires indigenous ballistic missile 'Prahar' from Chandipur integrated test range

An indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile was test-fired from the Odisha coast Thursday amid heavy rains, official sources said. The sophisticated missile, christened 'Prahar', was test launched from launch pad-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near Odisha's Balasore at about 1:35 pm.

".@DRDO_India today successfully flight tested ‘Prahar’, the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore.

"Smt @nsitharaman congratulates @DRDO_India , @adgpi and the Indian Industry for this achievement," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's official Twitter handle said today. 

The missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was launched from a mobile launcher.

"It is a solid fuelled short-range missile fitted with inertial navigation system," the sources said.

It is a quick reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system, the sources said.

Various tracking radars as well as electro-optic equipment are engaged to track and monitor the missiles trajectory.

Prior to the missiles test launch, 4,494 people residing within 2 km radius of the launch pad No.-3 at Chandipur were temporarily evacuated to nearby shelters in the morning, officials said.

A district revenue official said, "As a safety measure, 4,494 people residing in five villages adjacent to the missile launch site were temporarily shifted by the district administration to nearby two shelters with compensation."

They returned to their houses after getting clearance from ITR authorities soon after the test was over, the official said. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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