Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, May 18:
The nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile was successfully test-fired from Odisha’s Chandipur test range today.
The indigenously developed missile was fired from launch pad number-3 of the test range at 9.40 AM this morning. The test was part of a user trial by the army and was a 100 percent success, said a source in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
As part of a regular exercise, the missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the source added.
The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 16 this year from Chandipur.
Notably, Prithvi is India’s first indigenously-built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
Powered by twin-engines that use liquid propulsion, the missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target. It can hit the target within a few metres of accuracy.
The battlefield missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 km, can carry 500- 1000 kg of conventional or nuclear warhead. It has a strike range of 350 kilometres. The twin-engine Prithvi-II is 8.56 metre in length, 1.1 metre in width and weighs 4,600 kg.
It has a higher lethal effect compared to equivalent missiles in the world. Scientists say the accuracy has already been demonstrated in the past in the development flight trials.
The missile was first test-fired on January 27, 1996 and inducted into Indian Army in 2003.