India has successfully test-fired a short-range ballistic missile Prithvi-II off the coast of Odisha.
- The training launch of the surface-to-surface missile was carried out from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.
- The missile is a proven system and is capable of striking targets with a very high degree of precision.
- The user training launch successfully validated all operational and technical parameters of the missile.
About the missile –
- Prithvi-II, an indigenously developed nuclear-capable missile, has a strike range of 350 km.
- It is capable of carrying 500/100 kg of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines.
- The state-of-the-art missile hits its target through an advanced inertial guidance system with a maneuvering trajectory.
- Added to the arsenal of the Indian defence forces in 2003, the nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
- The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activity was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of a training exercise.