India Plans Several Missile Tests In 2010

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    India Plans Several Missile Tests In 2010


    NEW DELHI — India plans to test numerous missiles this year, including the Agni, Advanced Air Defense (AAD), Prithvi Air Defense (PAD) anti-ballistic missile and the indigenously developed Shaurya missile, Aviation Week has learned.

    These follow a successful March 22 test of the Brahmos missile from a vertical launcher fitted on the moving warship INS Ranvir off the Orissa coast in Eastern India.

    Following the recent success of the 3,500-kilometer Agni-III missile in a test last month, V.K. Saraswat, scientific adviser to the defense minister, says the Agni-V program had moved from the drawing board and material cutting stage to the point of checking subsystems. Testing for Agni-V should be done within a year, he says. Saraswat also is director general of the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO).

    The Shaurya, with a range of 750 kilometers and at a price said to be comparable to the Agni, is now awaiting its third test off the port of Visakhapatnam in South India. It has the same transport launch canister as the Brahmos, according to a government official requesting anonymity.

    Brahmos — the result of an Indian-Russian joint venture — performed supersonic maneuvering following the exact flight path and homed in on the decommissioned target ship during its recent test. “The launch met all mission requirements and was 100 percent successful,” says A.S. Pillai, CEO of BrahMos Aerospace.

    The Universal Vertical Launcher from which the missile was fired was developed by BrahMos Aerospace and patented, according to a statement. The launcher is designed to be fitted under the warship’s deck, protecting it from atmospheric conditions and imparting stealth to the system. It also allows the missile to meet 360-degree capability.

    By the end of the year, the Brahmos will be tested from a Su-30MKI, another DRDO official says. The aircraft is being modified to add the required hard points under the fuselage. The tests will be carried out until 2011, and the missile is expected to be inducted in 2012.

    Both the Indian and Russian governments have approved the Brahmos-2 hypersonic version with a speed of more than Mach 5. That system is still in the discussion stage.
     
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  3. Indianrabbit

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    Waiting for those test, I am
    glad that finally we are giving importance in this field.
     
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    we need an ICBM which can hit any part of globe coz you never know who will be your future enemies.
     
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    Great this means it can also be launched from our ships that carry vertically launched brahmos. I thought shourya was only for arming INS arihant. Btw is the accuracy of shourya good enough for it to be modified into an anti ship missile? Don't know how we would get targeting information for a ship 750km away though ;)
     
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    Shauriya has one of the best CEP of any missile in our arsenal,for an anti ship missile longer distance Nirbhay or air launched Brahmos maybe better options?? Also ships and subs can be tracked longer ranges by our P8-I's. We also have K-15/Shauriya which will be able to be launched from subs in the not to distant future.
     
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    CEP of Shourya is 20-30 metres!
     
  8. olivers

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    Won't it be really a waste of the Shourya to deploy it as an anti-ship missile unless it's an AC. I doubt that we will waste our last line of defense and minimum credible deterrent unless we run out of all other options.
     
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    Shourya is highly unlikely to be used in an anti ship role unless it is needed against an AC as a last resort, but other missiles would do the job just fine.
     

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