Consider the following images ..Image 1
- Shaurya in a resting position.
1. Study the Shaurya TEL very carefully. The wheel sets, the shape of the back that supports the launcher\missile, column to support the launcher\missile at rest, the spare tyre and the cabin position on the wheel.
2. The portion of the missile nose that pokes out of the launcher. We will compare this with portion of SMART nose that pokes out of its launcher just before is launched.
3. Also note that Launcher length. If the launcher were fully horizontal, it would fall short of the back of the driver cabin. We will compare this with the SMART launcher to get an idea of the SMART launcher's relative size.Image 2
- Screen grab of the SMART TEL just before the missile was launched.
1. Study the SMART TEL very carefully in this image and the original video when the controls at the bottom are not visible. Looks very similar to the Shaurya TEL. Similar wheel sets with a similar back supporting the launcher\missile, similar column to support the launcher\missile at rest, similar position of the spare tyre and cabin position.
2. Here too one can observe the SMART missile nose poking out of the launcher. This is while the countdown is on and before the missile is launched i.e. at rest.By the looks of it
, the SMART TEL looks very similar to the Shaurya TEL, the Launcher looks to be of similar length and the missile also looks to be of similar length. In both case the missile is longer than the launcher and pokes out about the same length.Image 3
- SMART as it clears the launcher
1. Study the SMART TEL very carefully and compare it to the image 1 (Shaurya TEL). The SMART TEL looks similar to the Shaurya TEL. Similar wheel sets, etc.
2. The SMART launcher looks to be of a similar length as the Shaurya Launcher (Image 1).
Lastly, we come to the missile dimensions. The fitment of the SMART missile to its launcher (Image 2) looks similar to Shaurya missile to its launcher (Image 1). In both cases, they are long enough for the nose to be poking out of the launcher @ rest and wide enough to fit the launcher nicely.
Also, I did a rough L/D of the SMART missile in image 3 and it came to be about 13. Compare that to the L/D ratio of Shaurya missiles going by its wiki dimensions where the length = 10 m and the diameter = 0.74m. The L/D of Shaurya is = 10/0.74 ~ 13.5 quite close to the SMART's "approx" L/D of the missile in flight.
Therefore we can make the following observations bases on pictorial analysis ...
1. TEL of Shaurya and SMART appear to be similar.
2. Launcher dimensions appear to be similar.
3. Missile external dimensions, both in length and diameter, appear to be similar.
What we can't guess from pictorial analysis ...
1. How the missile is packed "inside" in terms of fuel and its special payload even if the external dimensions are similar.
2. How far the missile will deliver its cargo given that it is a special payload and that there are very real constraints for the payload under considerations.
What we know ...
1. Per wiki, Shaurya can deliver a payload of 1000 kg to between 700-750 km
Pictorial analysis can only take us so far and there is NO substitute to real data. The final picture will only be clear when the official figures are released.