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    SSMs
    Prithvi, 100-250km range, liquid fuelled
    • Prithvi -1/2/3 - all in service (Prithvi1s to be replaced with Prahar - 160 km range)
    • Naval variant: Dhanush, 350km- Navy - in service

    Agni: Have MaRVs, while MIRV & countermeasures in development
    • 1/2/3 - in production
    • 4/5 - development, trials successful, 4000km and 5000 km versions respectively. Use new tech for composite stages, new motors, flex nozzles, onboard avionics including new RLG-INS developed locally
    • Agni-6 development noted. Will be a more powerful missile able to accomodate much larger throw weight, will come with MIRVs

    K-series/SLBM
    • SLBM/B-05: 700 Km range, developed, waiting for Arihant
    • Shaurya: Land version, being tweaked for Army
    • Next steps, 1500 & 3000 km versions

    Prahaar/Strike SSM:
    • 150 km, 200 kg warhead missile to "bridge the gap" between the conventional Pinaka MRLS at 40 km range, to the Prithvi which has a range of 250km to 300 km. Being tweaked for the Army. Stated to have datalinked guidance and will hence be more cost effective/precise than "dumb" missiles. Six missiles can be launched at different targets. Developed from the AAD design of the BMD program. DRDO head has now confirmed that Prahar will replace the Prithvi missile series and be in between the Pinaka and Agni 1.

    Brahmos:
    • Blocks1/2/3 all developed. Block 3 for Navy & Army allows top attack & seeker discrimination of specific targets. In production.
    • AF: Development underway; IAF wants 200+ missiles for 40+ Su-30 MKI, order cleared by CCS. Two trials aircraft sent for modification.
    • Brahmos 2: In development with Russia for hypersonic Brahmos.

    Nuclear deterrent:
    • ALA: Air Launched Article, 200km, nuclear missile for Su-30 force. In development

    Cruise Missiles:
    • LRCM: Ramjet equipped long range cruise missile for all three services, in development, 700km-1000 km range
    • Nirbhay: Subsonic, stealthy 750km+ missile for all three services, first test expected this year

    BMD:
    • Phase 1: PAD & AAD ready for deployment. Seekers, radomes indigenized. PAD also uses new Indian RLG-INS.
    • PDV to be trialed this year & will replace PAD for next batch of Phase 1 BMD deployment
    • Phase 2: For Target Missiles > 2000 km class, in development. AD-1 and AD-2, hypersonic missiles

    ATGM/ General purpose:
    Nag
    • Army land version version under refinement, 4 km range. Block1 seeker in production at BDL, Block 2 developed for better performance in Indian deserts @ afternoon.
    • Helicopter version @7km, called HELINA, in development.
    • New land version of Nag to be also spun off from HELINA. 7-8 km range, will be deployed from a new carrier vehicle with launchers deployed on 5mtr tall mast.
    • Further variants for fixed wing strike aircraft under development. RF seeker trialed in 2011-12, for this.

    SAMHO/CLGM
    • Semiactive laser guided missile similar to the LAHAT. Intended for launch by both ground launchers and tanks. In advanced development, in trials as prototypes have been displayed already for couple of years now. Finally, alternative available to Milan/Konkurs as well.

    Other programs:
    • ARM: New program announced in 2012; single stage, liquid fuelled with 100 km range (similar to Kh-31P?)
    • Name unknown: Missile with multiple precision guided warheads, range of 200 km for platform. UAVs variants also being explored to "launch PGMs" and then be recovered for cost effectiveness. Tech demo in 2013, with tests of a configured missile in 2015-16.
    • Name unknown: Light antiship missile for naval helicopters: In development, unknown if a formal program is being launched.
    • HSTDV: Hypersonic Tech demo program to develop indigenous hypersonic capability independent from Brahmos program, flight trials to begin soon

    SAMs:
    • SRSAM: Deal with MBDA for codevelopment yet to be signed; reports note range is now 20 km with negotiations concluded with MBDA, only GOI clearance awaited. Trishul development complete but system wont be inducted
    • LRSAM/MRSAM with Israel: 70km and 100 km + ER versions being developed; in trials. LRSAM (Navy) trials to be conducted this year, MRSAM to follow thereafter.
    • Akash: MK1 development complete, in production (8 Sq for AF, two regiments for Army); MK2 variant being developed - further orders likely and mentioned by AF
    • New SAM: Either LRSAM/MRSAM variant or new design, initially stated to be with a range of 150km but now confirmed as 250-300km.

    AAMs:
    • Astra: MK1 variant was to have a Range of 80 km, MK2 of 110 km. Missile was redesigned in 2010-12 and underwent series of trials in 2012, with problems stated to be resolved and complete redesign done. Range specifications of MK1 similar to baseline R77E and around 80 km in head on & 20 km in tail chase (at similar altitudes) but superior in terms of other new capabilities mentioned - buddy designation, LOBL and HOBs capability (+/-45 degrees). Reports note seeker integration challenges have been overcome, with new info stating ", improved multitarget handling and excellent ECCM". Seeker sourced from Russia to be manufactured in India with TOT.

    MLRS:
    • Pinaka Mk1: 40km, developed and in production, teething issues with ramping up numbers being resolved
    • Pinaka MK2: 60 KM range, to be trialed this year

    On related note:
    Other PGMs:
    • LGB: Sudarshan MK1 in production for AF. 50 ordered in first order. Range of 9 km.
    • Sudarshan MK2 with INS/satnav in development, 50 km range noted in 2012, new design will seek to minimize rolling observed with MK1.
    DRDO TechFocus article shows a new PGM kit with laser seeker, INS/GPS and fins/guidance sections, to be fitted to the DRDO HSLD dumb bomb. Might be Sudarshan 2 or a new design entirely.
    • E-Bomb: Program to create a satellite guided EMP bomb to attack electricity based systems, communications, infrastructure. Warheads to be used on different munitions. To be developed over the next few years
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    What is stealthy about Nirbhay? Looks like a generic subsonic cruise missile to me.

    Thanks for making the list btw.
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    Swap the metal cartridge for polymer and its LO already
    the missile will require about five times the G capability of the target to complete a successful intercept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR1 View Post
    What is stealthy about Nirbhay? Looks like a generic subsonic cruise missile to me.
    A few reasons mentioned as below..they went to significant effort to mask the engine inlet. Also, we can expect significant RAM to suppress the RCS spikes from the pop out wings, and the other edges that might create a RCS hot spot. Also, it probably uses passive sensors/guidance and EMCON, plus trajectory shaping to limit detection.

    http://media.newindianexpress.com/ar...0/Nirbhay1.jpg

    Even the Brahmos has been mentioned as low RCS, stealthy etc for somewhat similar reasons - heavy use of RAM has been noted, plus limited use of seeker.

    Thanks for making the list btw.
    My pleasure. Its all based on what has been picked up from sources in the public. But a caveat though - its not an exhaustive list...there are very likely a bunch of programs that have not been mentioned yet and will be revealed only once they pass technical feasibility and reach some level of maturity in design effort.

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    Teer, a few tweaks to your list.

    The current designation of 50 Km GPS/INS + laser guided kit is LGB-NG and 100 Km range PGM would most likely be an extension of this family (rocket motor or glide wings)
    K-4 missile with 3500 Km range is ready for underwater launch. Future variant of K-4 to have 5000 km range.
    Pinaka-2 with trajectory correction system (GPS + mid course guidance) already tested at 40 Km range, testing for 60Km pending. Also needs to be included, a 120Km range MBRL (Smerch analogue).
    LR-SAM will be tested in early 2014, most likely from the first Kolkata class destroyer.
    CLGM/SAMHO will be eventually adapted for air launch (like LAHAT) providing a cheaper munition to complement more expensive Nag. Airforce has already been touted as one of the customers.
    A short range version of Astra with IR seeker is also a part of Astra project (SR, MR and LR).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinblade View Post
    Teer, a few tweaks to your list.

    The current designation of 50 Km GPS/INS + laser guided kit is LGB-NG and 100 Km range PGM would most likely be an extension of this family (rocket motor or glide wings)
    K-4 missile with 3500 Km range is ready for underwater launch. Future variant of K-4 to have 5000 km range.
    Pinaka-2 with trajectory correction system (GPS + mid course guidance) already tested at 40 Km range, testing for 60Km pending. Also needs to be included, a 120Km range MBRL (Smerch analogue).
    LR-SAM will be tested in early 2014, most likely from the first Kolkata class destroyer.
    CLGM/SAMHO will be eventually adapted for air launch (like LAHAT) providing a cheaper munition to complement more expensive Nag. Airforce has already been touted as one of the customers.
    A short range version of Astra with IR seeker is also a part of Astra project (SR, MR and LR).
    Excellent stuff - exactly what is required to make it better, keep it upto date. Can you post links for the above as well? LGB-NG, Pinaka-2, LR MBRL (I thought plan was to license produce Smerch), SAMHO Air Launch, Astra-IR etc.

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    Regarding LGB-NG
    “The range of Sudrashan now is around 9 km if dropped from a normal altitude, and for the NG-LGB we hope to increase the range to 50 km,” he said.
    http://newindianexpress.com/nation/article1471238.ece
    "It's a bomb which can fly for about 40-50 or even more kilometres in a guided mode and it can be released from an aircraft".
    http://www.business-standard.com/art...2500392_1.html

    About CLGM being pitched for Airforce
    CLGM is a new generation anti-tank missile developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) at Bangalore. It can destroy any target in 3 km to 5 km range. It is an all terrain missile to be used by the army, navy and air force.
    http://newindianexpress.com/nation/article1440857.ece

    About 120 Km variant of Pinaka, I thought it was old news back from 2005. The trajectory control system was confirmed before 120Km Pinaka, so we might see it a couple of years down the line. It was also confirmed earlier this year.
    At present, there are two variants of the Pinaka and efforts are on to develop two more variants that can strike targets at double the existing range. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) was already sent to the government for approval, Mr. Beri said.
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle4274841.ece
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle4274841.ece

    I can't find the news for short range Astra, that too was embedded in one of news reports as a tiny nugget.

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    Good stuff TB, will edit the list.

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    Nirbhay's first test already done. Flight was aborted as it deviated from the flight path. Basic tests OK, bug is already discovered and fixed.

    Second test in coming month(s).

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle4500527.ece

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    An unknown missile undergoing RCS testing in NAL's EM laboratories, found it in an NAL document from last year. This can be either of Air Launched Article (ALA) or the Anti radiation missile.

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    Teer,

    Please add the mini-Brahmos to your list. (As an aside, I fail to see what is so "mini" about a ~1500 kg missile!)

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    HYDERABAD, September 30, 2013
    Updated: September 30, 2013 00:55 IST
    Interceptor missile test in the offing
    Y. MALLIKARJUN


    As part of a bid to secure major cities of the country from external attacks, India’s missile technologists will, for the first time ever, conduct a crucial, high-altitude interceptor missile test in the exo-atmosphere.

    The exercise is part of the developmental trials for the first-phase of the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, designed to tackle incoming enemy missiles with a range of up to 2,000 km.

    India plans to deploy in two phases a home-grown, two-tiered (interception in endo and exo-atmosphere) BMD system to protect major cities.

    First phase

    In the first phase, the BMD system seeks to intercept and destroy incoming enemy ballistic missiles with a range of up to 2,000 km. The second phase would aim at targeting missiles with a higher range of 2,000-5,000 km.

    The first-ever high-altitude interception at around 125-140 km has been proposed, missile scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.

    Critical simulation tests were being carried out by scientists in the run-up to the major trial, to be held in the last week of November.
    Earlier, DRDO missile technologists have carried out exo-atmospheric interception at altitudes of 47 km and 80 km. So far, six of the seven interceptor missile tests conducted by DRDO have been successful. While two were in exo-atmosphere, the remaining took place in endo-atmosphere (above an altitude of 50 km).

    DRDO scientists said that while endo-atmospheric interception had been validated in earlier tests, some more trials needed to be conducted before deploying the first phase of BMD system. They said the design of the interceptor missile for the second phase had been completed and the trials would be held next year.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...?homepage=true

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    SR-SAM Maitri to get final nod from the GoI. This will be a JV between MBDA and DRDO with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) as the production agency.

    link to article
    A final nod from the Indian government on the Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR SAM) project is expected shortly. The project involves joint development of short-range surface-to-air missile for the three services by technology transfer from European MBDA in joint development with DRDO and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) as the production agency.

    The announcement of completion of negotiations between the two governments was made in a joint statement during French President Francoise Hollande's visit to India in February. Loic Piedevache, country head, MBDA, said, "We are expecting the project to be finalised very shortly. We look at India as a long-term strategic partner."

    The missile is to be developed in two variants — ship-based variant for the Navy and land-based for the Indian Army as well as the IAF.

    The consortium's another flagship project Milan 2T is expected to be further extended and contract for the same is likely to be signed "soon" according to Piedevache. "The modalities of production are still in discussion phase with BDL," he said.
    ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackArcher View Post
    SR-SAM Maitri to get final nod from the GoI. This will be a JV between MBDA and DRDO with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) as the production agency.

    link to article
    hope the contract is different/less problamatic than the one with Israel for the BARAK system...

    http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...-mr-sam-03461/
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    in the related field of space tech, ISRO's MangalYaan or Mars Orbiter Mission has successfully completed its trajectory transfer and is now en route to mars. it will reach mars around the same time as NASA's MAVEN, in about 9 months time.

    more details here. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/26656881.cms
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinblade View Post


    An unknown missile undergoing RCS testing in NAL's EM laboratories, found it in an NAL document from last year. This can be either of Air Launched Article (ALA) or the Anti radiation missile.
    That looks like a Martel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparsh View Post
    That looks like a Martel.
    Indeed, except with with what appears to be a difference in position of tail fins.

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    Finally! A good replacement for the R-77 in IAF and also would obviate the need to buy the Derby.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/india/Astr...w/26955534.cms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teer View Post
    Finally! A good replacement for the R-77 in IAF and also would obviate the need to buy the Derby.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/india/Astr...w/26955534.cms
    Astra production will begin in late 2015, once it has been cleared in IAF user trials. It will take time to ramp up production numbers, ordering Derby is inevitable.

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    http://www.newindianexpress.com/stat...cle1937718.ece

    K-4 SLBM would be launched from an underwater pontoon this month. Also expected soon are Nirbhay and Agni 4 trials.

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    It seems like the current Astra design wasn't even in the picture back in 2009.



    ^^It started off as a very rear wing mounted design, circa mid 2000s


    ^^Then the wings moved more mid body (or the missile was shortened) late 2000s

    Around this time the missile was probably going through redesign. Two designs are displayed in a 2009 DRDL document.



    One is a low aspect ratio design that was being used at that time and another is a high aspect ratio design (like Derby), both having the same surface area.
    (The document from which these are from is perhaps the only document in which the name B-05 for Sagarika is mentioned, 4 years before it was made public. http://drdo.gov.in/drdo/pub/dss/2009/main/38-DRDL.pdf)

    2012-13 we get to see a totally new design.


    Which makes you wonder that will the design displayed for the Astra mk2 variant at Aero India 11 would remain constant till the time it comes to testing.



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    Well they conducted another successful Agni 4 test....

    http://defense-update.com/20140120_i...c-missile.html

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    http://vpk-news.ru/news/19040

    Brahmos 'mini' would be unveiled at Defexpo tomorrow.

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    I'm taking it 22.5 degree is max AoA, this is quite important info for me, thanks
    the missile will require about five times the G capability of the target to complete a successful intercept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obligatory View Post
    I'm taking it 22.5 degree is max AoA, this is quite important info for me, thanks
    Astra ? No, not really. The max AoA hasn't been disclosed.
    A preliminary study on the performance of low aspect
    ratio wings of Astra missile at high angles of attack (>30o
    )
    had been carried out. In this respect, recently, two variants
    of Astra configurations have been proposed by the designers
    and they were flow analyzed using CERANS. The configurations
    are one with low aspect ratio wings and the other configuration
    with a high aspect ratio wing, the planform area being same
    for both. It had been found that the axial force due to the
    high AR wing is higher by about 20 % due to higher wave
    drag than the low AR wing, whereas the changes due to
    normal forces and pitching moments are just about 7%
    higher for the high AR wing. The flow contours and its
    complex pattern around high AR configuration are shown
    in Fig. 2.
    http://drdo.gov.in/drdo/pub/dss/2009/main/38-DRDL.pdf

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    Brahmos-M 'mini' on display with the standard Brahmos missile. The lighter version is being developed for mid sized fighters (MiG-29, Rafale, Mirage-2000 etc)

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    Video released by Brahmos corp at defexpo. Contains some new footage, including underwater launch and some good hits.



    From the Brahmos pavillion

    Airborne Brahmos launcher

    Brahmos II scaled down model

    Tilted launcher for Brahmos for smaller ships which don't have space for VLS.


    Brahmos and it's second airborne version for smaller fighters, Brahmos-M

    From Defence Update:-
    A model of Brahmos M was displayed at Defexpo 14. As the next generation of the current Brahmos, the missile will have reduced dimmensions, lower weight and higher speed, compared to the current BrahMos. It will be three meter shorter, with a diameter 190mm smaller, compared to the Brahmos. Its weight will be 1500kg, about 500 less than Brahmos. Optimized for airborne and tube-launched submarine applications, Brahmos M will have a range of 300 km (290 for Brahmos) and its speed will be increased to 3.5 Mach (2.8 max in Brahmos). The missile will have stealth features to reduce radar signature and will also have improved electronic counter-countermeasures. The new missile could be operational by 2017, on Indian Su-30MKI, MiG-29 and MiG-29K of the Indian Army and Naval Aviation arm.
    http://defense-update.com/20140207_d...t-part-ii.html







    Various aerostructures and components of Brahmos missile being made by Godrej Aerospace
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    Brahmos-M seems a far more practical weapon for aerial deployment than Brahmos-A. Why are they even bothering with the latter -- or rather with the expensive modification of only some Su-30s to offer only single missile carriage capability -- when the far more flexible Brahmos-M is in the works?

    The article cites Brahmos (non-M) weight as 2000kg rather than 3000kg figure I am familiar with, 2500kg for air-launched model.

    The single weight figure given for both undersea and aerial Brahmos-M is also curious. I was under the impression that a large part of the 500kg weight reduction of BrahMos-A was due to removal of the initial booster with the aircraft itself providing the required velocity. Is this incorrect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rii View Post
    Brahmos-M seems a far more practical weapon for aerial deployment than Brahmos-A. Why are they even bothering with the latter -- or rather with the expensive modification of only some Su-30s to offer only single missile carriage capability -- when the far more flexible Brahmos-M is in the works?
    The modifications to 40 Su-30Mki are being done to enable them to launch a very high speed two ton nuclear tipped missile referred to as "Air launched article" (ALA). ALA as of today is a black project, but it should be in public domain in the coming years. Can't say which project is a spin off from another, but either case being a spin off is good.
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    Huh, an Indian ASMP -- that actually makes a lot of sense.
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