India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile today at Chandipur of Balasore as part of user trial by Army. It has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range.
The state-of-the-art missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads, was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range at about 10.40 hrs, Defense sources said.
The sophisticated missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by SFC and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, they added.
It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory.
Describing the trial as “fully successful,” ITR Director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command.
The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha, sources said.
“The downrange teams onboard the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown,” the sources added.
Prithvi II, which was inducted into the SFC in 2003, is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
The last user trials of Prithvi-II in 2014 were successfully carried out from the same base on January 7, 2014 and March 28, 2014, they added.