India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile

India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, from Chandipur test range in Odisha.

It was fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range. In the test, missile’s trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha.

This test was part of a regular training exercise of Strategic Force Command of Defence (SFC) and monitored by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

The purpose of the test was clearly to indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India’s Strategic arsenal.

Facts about Prithvi-II Missile

Prithvi-II is indigenously developed nuclear-capable missile.  It has a strike range of 350 km. It is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads. It is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. It was the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). Prithvi II was inducted into the SFC in 2003.

The last user trials of Prithvi-II were successfully carried out from the same base on 7th January, 2014 and 28th March, 2014.

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