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bengalraider
12 Nov 08,, 16:18
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India successfully test fires Shaurya missile
12 Nov 2008, 1718 hrs IST, PTI


BALASORE (ORISSA): India on Wednesday successfully test fired 'Shaurya', a medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, to be used by its Army.

With a 600-km range, the missile is capable of hitting targets deep inside Pakistan and China.

The indigenous missile was launched from an underground facility with an in-built canister at 11.25 am from Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, DRDO sources said.

The sleek missile, with a flight duration of 485 seconds, roared into the sky leaving behind a thick yellow and white smoke on a clear sunny day, they added.

The sophisticated tactical missile is capable of carrying conventional warheads with a payload of about one tonne.

"With longer shelf-life, as it is stored in a canister just like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the Shaurya is easily transportable and user-friendly. This is a technology development project," DRDO sources said in New Delhi.

Though there was speculation that the missile was a land version of the under development K-15 submarine launched ballistic missile, DRDO sources said the surface-to-surface missile had nothing to do with K-15 'Sagarika' project.

"The missile was test fired from a 30-40 feet deep pit with in-built canister specially designed for the purpose. There was no water in the pit," the sources said.
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this missile should fulfil the role of along range battlefield missile much in the same way iskander-e does for the russians

Yusuf
13 Nov 08,, 09:10
There is a lot of confusion about this missile. Some reports say, its a test for the K-15 missile, but from land and not sea.
This is actually a new missile but for a missile of this type, the range is far too low.

Deltacamelately
13 Nov 08,, 10:56
It is a tactical battlefield missile. Needs to be inducted in very large numbers for effective use.

bengalraider
13 Nov 08,, 10:58
It is a tactical battlefield missile. Needs to be inducted in very large numbers for effective use.

one thing i have always felt bad about is our TEL vehicles why can't india get the same kind of TEL based upon the russian MAZ as the chinese and now pakistan has?

Skywatcher
13 Nov 08,, 16:56
What's wrong with the Privithi?

Tronic
13 Nov 08,, 17:06
I believe this missile is intended to be, unlike the Prithvi, an underground silo missile.

bengalraider
13 Nov 08,, 19:16
What's wrong with the Privithi?

the prithvi had a range of only 250-350 km meaning that it would have to be deployed much closer to the border than many in the IA would like, also using the agni 1 for ranges less than 900km would be wasteful . this missile fills the range gap for a ballistic theater weapon that would be road mobile like the iskander and easily deployable in a battlefield scenario.

payeng
14 Nov 08,, 09:55
from the above article:
With longer shelf-life, as it is stored in a canister just like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the Shaurya is easily transportable and user-friendly. This is a technology development project
does it means that shaurya is a solid propellant missile, or a ramjet cruise missile?

payeng
14 Nov 08,, 10:02
T.S. Subramanian

It has high manoeuvrability, says DRDO Director-General

Indigenous navigation system worked well

“Shourya has given India a second strike capability”

CHENNAI: The “Shourya” missile that was test-fired successfully on Wednesday “flew at five times the speed of sound, that is Mach 5, for 300 km” of its 600-km range, according to M. Natarajan, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister. Its velocity gradually tapered off during the remaining 300 km of its flight and then it plunged vertically over the targeted site in the Bay of Bengal.

What was outstanding about the Shourya’s success was the performance of its indigenous navigation system with the help of a ring-laser gyroscope, Mr. Natarajan said on Thursday. He called it “a sophisticated navigation and guidance system produced by the Research Centre, Imarat” (RCI) in Hyderabad.

“We flew our own navigation system in this missile. It worked very well. This is an important step forward for the country in the navigation of missiles, aircraft and spacecraft,” he said. No country would provide India this navigation system.

After the Shourya was fired from its canister, it rose to a height of 50 km and then flew horizontally to reach its targeted site. As it reached its maximum speed, it led to the missile heating up to 700 degrees Celsius. To cool the missile, it was rolled.

“We did a rolling manoeuvre which gives uniform heat to the missile,” said Mr. Natarajan, who is also Director-General, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

He watched the test-firing of the new missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, Balasore, Orissa. Shourya is a product of the DRDO. The missile’s Programme Director was A.K. Chakrabarti.

While about 2,000 degrees Celsius was generated when Agni series of missiles re-entered the atmosphere, only several hundred degrees Celsius was generated during Shourya’s re-entry.

The missile had high manoeuvrability. So it could not be easily detected by the enemy, Mr. Natarajan said. Shourya is about 10 metres long. It can carry warheads weighing more than 500 kg.

W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO, said the Shourya missile provided the country with “a second strike capability” because it was a variant of the under-water launched K-15 missile (Sagarika). “We can keep the missile in a secured position [silo] to carry either conventional or nuclear warheads,” Dr. Selvamurthy said.

DRDO sources said that although the Shourya needed a silo with a maximum depth of 50 metres to lift off, it could be launched from 30-metre deep silos. It had a booster which fired underground and another which fired in the air.

Bharat rakshak (http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NEWS/newsrf.php?newsid=10445)

payeng
14 Nov 08,, 10:07
T.S. Subramanian

It can carry nuclear and conventional warheads

http://www.hindu.com/2008/11/13/images/2008111358700101.jpg

PERFECT OPERATION: Surface-to-surface missile ‘Shourya’ roars into the sky from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore, Orissa, on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired a new surface-to-surface missile called “Shourya” from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore in Orissa.

The two-stage missile took off from a silo at 11.25 a.m. and reached its targeted site 600 km away in the Bay of Bengal. Shourya can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.

It is the land version of the underwater-launched missile called K-15 (Sagarika), which was fired in February 2008 from an underwater pontoon.

Shourya is a product of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its Programme Director is A.K. Chakrabarti. M. Natarajan, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, was at Balasore to watch the launch.

‘Significant milestone’

W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R and D), DRDO, said, “Today’s flight-test of Shourya is a significant milestone in building capability for the nation in the field of missiles both for strategic and tactical applications.” Just as the K-15 (Sagarika) missile could rise from the water and knife into the air, Shourya could lift off from a silo on the ground and pierce the sky. “Since the missile is fired from underground, it cannot be detected by conventional satellite imaging,” Dr. Selvamurthy said.
‘Totally new missile’

As Shourya was canisterised it was easy to transport, maintain and operate. Both its stages were powered by solid propellants. The Chief Controller called Shourya “a totally new missile.”

While the K-15 missile has an underwater booster and an air booster, Shourya has a booster underground and an air booster.

Shourya could get through the air defence of an adversary country because it was highly manoeuvrable, Dr. Selvamurthy said.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has congratulated the DRDO on the successful test-firing of the Shourya.

Hindu.com (http://www.hindu.com/2008/11/13/stories/2008111358700100.htm)

payeng
14 Nov 08,, 10:09
The above picture looks familiar to a cruise missile.

Deltacamelately
14 Nov 08,, 11:08
....W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO, said the Shourya missile provided the country with “a second strike capability” because it was a variant of the under-water launched K-15 missile (Sagarika). “We can keep the missile in a secured position [silo] to carry either conventional or nuclear warheads,” Dr. Selvamurthy said.

2nd Strike capability with a 700kms range???
Against whom, Pakistan? It surely doesn't alter any current metrics between Indian and China.

bengalraider
14 Nov 08,, 11:53
2nd Strike capability with a 700kms range???
Against whom, Pakistan? It surely doesn't alter any current metrics between Indian and China.

many russian road-mobile icbm's are based on cansister launchers on the MAZ chassis i think shaura may be the precursor to a similar system based on the agni maybe the agni 5., as having the missile in a cansister lowers the risk of damage due to force-majeure.

bengalraider
17 Nov 08,, 16:46
Source: http://www.india-defence.com/reports/4081
India to Test Laser Guide Missile System in Chandipur, Orissa
Dated 16/11/2008

After registering significant success with conventional missile systems, India is all set to test its first laser-guided missile at the Interim Test Range, Balasore, Orissa. The missile, Sudarshan, is the latest weapon system developed indigenously to occupy the niche of a precision delivery mechanism. It can neutralise any target in a 800-1,000 km range with a zero margin of error.

Developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bangalore, Sudarshan is a versatile missile that can be used by the army, navy and air force. It suits the requirements of the artillery for a long-distance strike weapon. The navy can also fire it from an onboard launcher.

"The first version will use a ground-based launcher. However, subsequent ones could be fired from a flying fighter or drone. This will enhance the range," a source told to this website's newspaper.

Sudarshan will use a laser of a specific frequency bandwidth to locate the target. The laser creates a heat signature on the target. The missile recognizes the signature and homes in on it even if the target is moving, sources said. "The target can be spotlighted using laser beamed from a ship or air. The on board systems can light it up and the missile follows the reflected light to reach targets that need pinpoint accuracy," said the source.

However, unlike the practice of giving continuous laser guidance to a missile using an aircraft or a handheld designator, Sudarshan’s instrumentation enables it to chase a target once the navigation systems lock in on it.

The ADE is equipping the missile with global positioning system technology. Like all modern missiles, it will have a three-dimensional locking mechanism using latitude, longitude and elevation.

The preliminary trials, the sources said, were satisfactory. A dummy target was lit up using a laser fired from a battle tank. The missile's navigation system picked up the light and eliminated the target. Sudarshan's final trials are expected to take place within three months.
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laser guidance for 800-100km how is that even feasible??this is probably a typo

the image suggests this is actually something like an ABM laser system.

Skywatcher
17 Nov 08,, 21:05
There is no such thing as a zero margin of error. Gotta love the marketing people.

bengalraider
27 Nov 08,, 16:17
Date:27/11/2008 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2008/11/27/stories/2008112759741200.htm Back



National

Agni-V design completed; to be test-fired in 2010

Y. Mallikarjun

HYDERABAD: When India test-fires the 5,000-km range Agni-V in 2010, it will be one of the most sophisticated, smart and intelligent missiles of its class, featuring a host of new technologies, including measures to counter a ballistic missile threat.

This surface-to-surface missile, which will have the longest range of all Indian missiles, will form a crucial element of the country’s nuclear deterrence programme. With scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) deciding to make it a canister-launch weapon system, Agni-V is expected to provide a major tactical advantage as it can be launched from anywhere in the country.

Talking to The Hindu here, Avinash Chander, director of the Agni programme and of the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) Avinash Chander, who is also the director of the Agni programme, said the design was completed and the first development flight test will be conducted in 2010. Two of the three stages of the solid-propellant missile will be made of composites, making it lighter. While 60 per cent of the sub-systems will be similar to those of the 3,500-km-range Agni-III, the rest will comprise new and advanced technologies like the ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer, which provide navigation and guidance. The gyroscope was developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), sister laboratory of ASL, and is part of DRDO’s missile complex here. This advanced technology was proved successfully in Agni-III and in the recent test-firing of Shourya, the tactical missile. Referring to ring laser gyroscope, G. Satish Reddy, director, navigation, observed “this technology is developed by very few countries and we are on a par with them now.”

Underlining the importance of canister-launch, Mr. Chander said all future Agni missions will have canister launch. Canister had nothing to do with silo or non-silo. V.G. Sekaran, associate director (programmes), ASL, said the Agni-V programme was on schedule. “We are in the development mode and qualification trial will follow.” All the sub-systems will be ground-tested till 2010.

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use it on the terror camps in POK otherwise it's of no use

chakos
28 Nov 08,, 02:43
Well with the stuff happening in Mumbai right now i can sure think of a few places where this missile can undergo more 'realistic' testing...