INDIA’s RACE TO MISSILE TEST AFTER THE BORDER STANDOFF WITH CHINA
In Ladakh India-China standoff is continuous from more than 160 days which was started from 5 May this year when china’s people liberation army had first clashed with Indian soldiers on the northern bank of Pangong TSO lake. Despite having many different levels of meetings had but no solution has been found so far. Already Indian and Chinese foreign minister met held in Russia and they find the 5 steps solution but even after that no significant progress has been seen yet. While the US secretary Mike Pompeo said China deployed 60000 PLA soldiers near the Indian border.
China’s missile power display-
Throughout the the standoff with India, china continued to showcase its missile power. In late August it fired ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missile into South China Sea in warning to the United states for Interference in South China Sea and Chinese territorial issue. One of the missile , A DF-26B was launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai, while the other DF-21D deployed near the Indian border to send message to India. By the continue firing of missiles in dispute area of South China Sea, china try to send a clear message to US that we can destroy their massive aircraft carrier from Chinese mainland by the DF-26B missiles. In last month china deployed light tanks, anti aircraft missiles, aircraft and their defence system similar to S-300 named HQ-9 which uses a HT-233 PESA radar system near Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh to threat India.
India’s response to China-
After this move of China, India is also continuously firing missile tests, in which DRDO has done more than 10 missile tests in the last one month includes many Cruise, Anti tank , cruise missile and ballastic missiles test.
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully flight tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle on 07 September using the indigenously developed scramjet propulsion system. In the next 3-4 years India will develop supersonic missile system by using HDTV.
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted second time successful flight-tests of the indigenously-designed Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) in Balasore on 22 September. During trials for the interim test range, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown and it cleared all the parameters. The vehicle is a type of drone that will be used as a target for various missile systems, DRDO said. It can also be used as a decoy aircraft, if needed.
On 22 September India’s leading defence organization the DRDO has successfully test-fired a Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from Arjun Tank at Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar. In the development of ATGM three different DRDO labs involved and this is a fully indigenously developed anti tank missile. This missile having multiple launching platform capability and precision hitting accuracy because this missile first define and track the target then lock target and finally hit the target with very high dimensional accuracy.
After the test of ATG from Arjun tank now DRDO has successfully conducted the flight test of ‘Dhruvastra’, which is the new variant of India’s indigenously built anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, which was tested at the Integrated Test Range Chandipur, Odisha.
Night trial of PRITHVI-II:-
India had successfully conducted a night test of its indigenously developed Prithvi-II nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on September 23 at Balasore testing range.
The missile was launched from a mobile launcher and trial by the Indian Armed Forces’ Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
Prithvi-II which has a strike range of 350 km, was randomly chosen from the production stock and the launch activity was carried out by the SFC and monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO). SFC is responsible for the management and ad ministration of India’s tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile.
BrahMos extended version test-
DRDO has successfully tested a new version of the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range of around 400-450 km an integrated test range at Balasore while previous BrahMos version range vary between 250-300 km which used in all three air, ground and navy format.
BrahMos missile is an India-Russian joint venture project, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or from land platforms. this is world most dangerous cruise missile with 3 Mach speed and upto 400 km range.
Shaurya Missile test-
On 03 Oct India successfully test fired a new version of NuC Shaurya missile at sea coast of Odisha, which can strike targets in 800 kms range and this missile capable to carry nuclear warhead as well conventional warhead. specification of this missile is that In the last phase while moving close to its target the missile moves at hypersonic speeds. It’s lighter and easy to operate comparision to other similar missile system. After the successfully tested the many version of this missile, its deployed near china border along the India-China standoff.
Flight test of supersonic missile-assisted torpedo(SMART)-
A successful flight test of the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system was conducted from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha, on Monday. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, has termed the system a game changer in anti-submarine warfare.
The development of the SMART has critical role in capacity building of naval platforms to strike beyond the torpedo range. It will be a significant progress in India’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
ANTI RADIATION MISSILE TEST(RUDRAM)-
‘Rudram’ Anti-Radiation Missile fired from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast in Odisha. The missile, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation, was test-fired successfully on 09 Oct. This is the country’s first indigenous Anti Radiation missile for IAF.
An anti-radiation missile is a missile designed to detect and destroy enemy radar station which try to detect our aircraft and missile launchers. Typically, these are designed for use against an enemy radar, although jammers and even radios used for communications by enemies can also be targeted by this technology.
“Anti-radiation missiles” are designed to detect, locate, and destroy enemy air defence radars when army move forward in enemies area or area where already enemies stablished their air defence radar. This type of missiles often used in SEAD(Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) mission.