Twin trial of Prithvi-II missile successfully conducted

The twin trial of surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile was successfully conducted by the India Army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha

During the test, two Prithvi-II missiles in salvo mode were successfully test-fired in quick succession from mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

Earlier, similar twin trial was conducted by Indian Army in October 2009 from the same base where both tests were successful.

About Prithvi-II missile

  • Prithvi-II is the first missile to be indigenously developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
  • Range: It is surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile with strike range of 350 km.
  • Warheads: It is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of conventional as well as nuclear warheads.
  • Fuel and stages: It is single-stage liquid-fuelled. It uses advanced inertial guidance system along with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target precisely.
  • It already has been inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003.
  • Variants: Prithvi-I for the Indian Army, Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force, and Dhanush Missile for Indian Navy.

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