Agni-IV, India's latest nuclear-capable strategic missile, will be
showcased to the public for the first time as part of the static
display atop a tableau that its developer, the Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be fielding during this
year's Republic Day parade Thursday.
The contingent, led by Lt. Col. V.S. Thapa, will also have its new
tactical battlefield support high-speed missile Prahar and the
medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle Rustom-I,
DRDO spokesperson Ravi Kumar Gupta said here Monday.
Agni-IV, the most potent and technologically advanced in India's
arsenal, adds a new dimension to country's capabilities in terms
of strategic deterrence for peace and security.
Capable of being sent aloft from a self-contained road mobile
launcher from anywhere in the country, the two-stage
surface-to-surface missile with solid-propulsion can reach targets
3,500 km away.
A quantum leap in indigenous technology, Agni-IV incorporates a
composite rocket motor casing, a highly accurate guidance and
navigation system, modern and compact avionics, digital control
system and many other contemporary and advanced technologies
making it comparable to the best in the world.
The Prahaar missile is "an another marvel of technology" recently
developed by DRDO, Gupta said, noting that it is a tactical
battlefield support missile based on solid fuel propulsion and is
equipped with high precision inertial navigation system, giving it
capability to hit targets around 150 km away with pin-point
The missile is mounted on a road mobile launcher, carries a
significant payload and can be equipped with a variety of
Each high mobility launcher carries six missiles; multiple
launchers can be interlinked to deliver a near simultaneous
multi-axis attack on a target with devastating effect.
Rustom-I, a medium altitude long endurance UAV, takes-off and
lands like a conventional aircraft.
An outdoor pilot standing close to the runway exercises the
take-off and landing of the UAV, and hands over the control to an
indoor pilot, operating from the ground control station, for
carrying out rest of the mission. Payload operator controls the
various payloads from ground control station to capture essential
video pictures and data.
Rustom-I can fly for 12 to 15 hours, at speeds up to 250 km per
hour. It is intended to be used for surveillance, reconnaissance,
target acquisition, fire correction and battlefield damage
The UAV is likely to be inducted in the three wings of the armed
forces and internal security organisations such as the state
police forces, Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force
and Coast Guard in the near future.
The DRDO tableau will showcase the work of Snow and Avalanche
Studies Establishment, with headquarters in Chandigarh, that
facilitates Indian troops' in inhospitable snow-bound,
avalanche-prone high altitude terrain in guarding the frontiers
from enemy intrusions.