Nuke capable Prithvi-II missile test-fired
Balasore: India Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur
near here as part of the user`s trial by the Army.
"The indigenously developed missile mounted on a
mobile launcher was test-fired from the launch complex-3 in
the ITR at around 0905 hours and the trial was fully
successful", defence sources said.
"Earlier also, Prithvi-II missile had proved its
robustness and accuracy repeatedly during many trials," a
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official
"Taken from routine production lot during earlier
users trials by Indian Army, the missile had achieved single
digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error
probability (CEP)," the sources said.
Prithvi-II with features to deceive any anti ballistic
missiles, had demonstrated flight duration of 483 seconds
reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km in the 2008 users trial.
Similarly, as a part of the operational exercises by
Armed forces, two Prithvi-II missiles, aimed at two different
targets at 350 km from launch point of ITR, at Chandipur were
successfully launched within minutes of each other on October
12, 2009 and all the mission objectives were met.
The sleek missile once again proved its accuracy when
the user tried it in a salvo mode on March 27 and June 18,
2010 from ITR, Chandipur. It was the fourth successful
Prithvi-II flight within a period of eight months.
With a striking range of 250 to 350 km, Prithvi-II
missile is capable of carrying a pay-load of 500-1000 kg
The test firing of the surface-to-surface missile,
which has already been inducted into Indian armed forces, was
a routine trial conducted by the personnel of "strategic force
command" (SFC), the sources said.
"The trial was conducted in the presence of senior
officials as part of routine training exercises," they said.
`Prithvi`, the first ballistic missile developed under
the country`s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile
Development Programme (IGMDP), is propelled by liquid
propulsion twin engine.
With a length of nine meter and one meter diameter,
Prithvi-II uses an advanced inertial navigation system with
"The entire trajectory of today`s trial was tracked by
a battery of sophisticated radars, electro-optic telemetry
stations and ships launched in the down range impact point
area in the Bay of Bengal for the post-launch analysis", the
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