Bhubaneswar: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) deferred the test of Pralay, a short-range ballistic missile which was to be held at Abdul Kalam Island of Odisha, on Monday and Tuesday. Blustery weather conditions and rough sea due to cyclone Pethai were the reasons for it.
Though all preparations were made for the test, but the weather condition made all their efforts go in vain, said the Defence sources. The postponement was done as DRDO did not wanted to risk anything as it is a conventional tactical missile system.
A senior officer of defence said,
If the weather will permit, then the test of the missile can be done any time between December 23 and 24.
The missile can strike targets at a range of 350 km away if the pay load is 1 tonne and can travel up to 500 km if the payload is halved. Propelled by solid rocket fuel, the missile will be launched from its own canister-based transporter erector launcher.