Nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile test fired off Odisha coast

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Jun 2:

Surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II was today successfully test-fired from a defence base off Odisha coast as part of an user trial by the Army.

According to sources, the trial of the missile was carried out by firing it from a mobile launcher from launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea at about 9.50 am.

The launch was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC), which was monitored by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the sources added.

The indigenously developed Prithvi-II has a strike range of 350 km and is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.

It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.

The missile was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003. It is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

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