Prahaar

The Prahaar is a short-range, solid propellant, road-mobile ballistic missile designed for tactical strikes against close range targets.

Prahaar at a Glance

Originated from: India
Possessed by: India
Class: Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Basing: Road-mobile
Length: 7.3 m
Diameter: 0.42 m
Launch Weight: 1,280 kg
Payload: Single warhead, 200 kg
Warhead: Nuclear, HE, submunitions
Propulsion: Single-stage solid propellant
Range: 150 km

Prahaar

The missile has a length of 7.3 m, a body diameter of 0.42 m, and a launch weight of 1,280 kg. It can carry a 200 kg payload with planned nuclear, HE, and submunition options. It can travel up to 150 km and is propelled by a single-stage solid propellant engine. The Prahaar is carried by the TATRA Transporter-Erector-Launcher vehicle and can hold six missiles per truck. Each missile is believed to be vertically launched, and they can be launched in salvo mode for multiple azimuth attacks.1 Some reports also suggest that reloads can happen quickly, allowing what could be called a “ripple firing mode.”2

In 2013, reports surfaced that suggested that the Prahaar would replace the short range Prithvi-1 when it was declared operational.3 India’s acceptance to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) has also paved the way to export a version of the missile, the Pragati, which was displayed at a defense exhibition in South Korea in 2014.4

    1. James C. O’Halloran, “Prahaar,” in IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic, (IHS; 2015). 36.
    2. Hemant Kumar Rout, “India to test fire Prahar next week,” The New Indian Express, June 12, 2016, Accessed on http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/India-to-test-fire-Prahaar-next-week/2016/06/12/article3478400.ece.
    3. The Hindu Business Line, “Prithvi missiles to be replaced by more-capable Prahar: DRDO,” June 30, 2013, Accessed on http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/prithvi-missiles-to-be-replaced-by-morecapable-prahar-drdo/article4866081.ece.
    4. Hemant Kumar Rout, “India to test fire Prahaar next week,” The New Indian Express, June 12, 2016, Accessed on http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/India-to-test-fire-Prahaar-next-week/2016/06/12/article3478400.ece.