DRDO Outlines New Missile Development Programmes

DRDO Outlines New Missile Development Programmes


India: The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is planning to develop new surface-to-air missiles and man portable anti-tank guided missile in the next few years.

"We are going to have surface-to-air missiles, which will be on the move, tracking. We are also working on missiles that stop and launch within a few seconds. You will see at least five different types of missiles covering different spectrums. We are also working on man-portable anti-tank missiles, which can be fired from shoulders. We are planning to bring out these systems within the next four years,” said Avinash Chander, DRDO chief and Indian Defence Minister Scientific Adviser. India has reduced the time frame for a missile development to four to five years from the previous eight to ten years, according to Chander. The missiles are expected to be designed for different roles, including surface-to-surface, anti-tank, cruise, longer range and strategic.

Specifically, the short-range surface-to-air missile is likely to have two vehicle configurations, and will be supplied to the Indian Army. "We are working on other variations also, so that we have a total envelope of surface-to-air capabilities. In future, we will aim to work on a longer range missile of 200-plus kms. We are working on cruise missiles, which will cover ship launch, air launch, submarine launch and ground launch versions. We are expecting the second test-launch of the Nirbhay missile to happen within a month,” added Chander.

Source: Economic times