India successfully test-fires N-capable Prithvi-II missile in Odisha

India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.

Test- It was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) as part of a user trial by the army and met all mission objectives.

About Prithvi-II missile

Prithvi-II missile is the first missile indigenously developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). It was inducted into India’s SFC in 2003.

Features

  • Surface to surface ballistic missile.
  • Variants: Prithvi-I for the Army; Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force; and the Dhanush for the Navy.
  • Single-stage, Liquid-propelled.
  • Advanced inertial navigation, control and guidance system. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory.
  • Payload capacity: 500-1,000 kg.
  • Range: 350 km.

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