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Prithvi II ballistic missile successfully test-fired

The trial was conducted to gauge the effectiveness of the weapon in a real time situation

Press Trust of India  |  Balasore, Odisha 

India today its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II with a strike range of 350 km from a test range near here as part of a user trial by the army.

"The flight test of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted at around 0907 hrs from a from Integrated Test Range's launch complex-III at Chandipur," defence sources said.

The state-of-the-art Prithvi is the first developed under the country's prestigious Integrated Guided (IGMPD) and has the capability to carry 500 kg of both nuclear and conventional warheads with a strike range of 350 km, they said.

The missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. The test-fire of the sophisticated short-range ballistic missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces, was a user trial by the army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The sleek missile is handled by the strategic force command (SFC), a defence scientist said, adding the trial was conducted to gauge the effectiveness of the weapon in a real time situation.

"The whole exercise was aimed at studying the control and guidance system of the missile besides providing training to the Army," said an official.

The missile is 9 metre-long and one metre in diameter with liquid propulsion twin engine. A defence scientist associated with the trial said radars and electro-optical systems located along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters of the missile throughout the flight path.    

Prithvi-II has been successfully flight tested several times as part of the training exercise and the last trial was a complete success on August 25, 2012 as it reached the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high accuracy of better than 10 meters, they said.

First Published: Thu, October 04 2012. 10:22 IST
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