Balasore: Two Prithvi-II nuclear-capable ballistic missiles with a strike range of 350 km were successfully test-fired in an hour`s gap on Wednesday as part of user trials by the Army from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast.
"Two indigenously developed surface-to-surface
Prithvi-II missiles were test-fired from the ITR and both the
trials were fully successful," ITR Director SP Dash said.
The missiles, mounted on mobile launchers and aimed at
different targets, were test-fired from launch complex-3 in
the ITR at around 08:15 and 09:15 hrs, defence sources said.
The test-firing of the sleek missiles, already
inducted into the armed forces, were routine trials conducted
by personnel of Strategic Force Command (SFC), they said.
"The entire trajectory of the twin 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 for post-launch analyses," the sources said.
During the last user trial from the same launch
complex on September 24 this year, the missile had failed to
perform due to some technical problems.
"Prithvi-II missile had proved its robustness and
accuracy repeatedly during many trials earlier," a Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said.
With a maximum strike range of 350 km, Prithvi-II is
capable of carrying a pay-load of 500-1000 kg warhead.
"Taken from routine production lot during earlier
user trials by Indian Army, the missile had achieved single
digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error
probability (CEP)," the sources said.
The missile, having required features to deceive any
anti-ballistic missile, had demonstrated flight duration of
483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 kms during user’s
trial in 2008.
Similarly, as part of operational exercises by armed
forces, two Prithvi-II missiles, aimed at different targets at
350 km from launch point of ITR were successfully launched
within minutes of each other on October 12, 2009 and all
mission objectives were met, sources said.
The twin trials conducted today proved the accuracy
and precision capability of Prithvi-II and would go a long way
in further development of the missile, experts 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 sleek surface-to-surface missile had proved its
accuracy when the army test-fired it in a ‘salvo mode’ on
March 27 and June 18 this year from ITR, Chandipur. It was the
fourth successful Prithvi-II flight within a period of eight