December 5, 2022

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has completed the design of a 1,500-kilometer range conventionally armed ballistic missile with an anti-ship variant in light of the fact that China’s land-based conventional ballistic missile arsenal is developing significantly.

The conventionally armed missile, whose name has not yet been revealed, will thwart any threat posed by ships in the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea as the DRDO waits for approval from the Narendra Modi administration to go to the development stage.
The provinces of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Yunnan will also be protected from any land-based threats coming from the other side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Although India has nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of up to 5000 km from land and up to 3500 km from a sea-based deterrent, it lacks conventional ballistic missiles to engage the opponent on land and at sea.
By being deployed along the coast, the missile would not only prevent any carrier-based strike group from posing a danger to India from the Indian Ocean, but it will also offer land-based defence to its own aircraft carriers in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

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