1,000-km cruise missile on the anvil: DRDO chief

Speaking at the concluding day of a national convention, ‘The Frontiers of Aeronautical Technologies,’ organised by the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) here, he said, “The 1000-km range cruise missile can be used for a variety of applications. We will soon conduct flight trials of another air-to-air missile, ‘Astra’ with a range of 45 to 100 km.”

Dr Saraswat, also director of the DRDO, said the armed forces were looking at long-duration ‘loitering’ missiles which could enter enemy territory and search for targets such as radars apart from monitoring a variety of enemy movements.  “The purpose of these are to home-in on the targets and bang them,” he said.

Surveillance

Space-based sensors to keep a watch on our adversaries is the future. Intelligence and defence surveillance have to go together. Space-based sensors are a must for tracking and detecting enemy movement. This has to be developed to make our ballistic missile defence system a potent weapon, the DRDO director said.

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