The Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army on Wednesday test-fired indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast. The missile was test-fired from launch pad-III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur of Balasore district.
Prithvi-II missile has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and it was inducted in armed forces in 2003. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the ITR between 7 pm to 7.15 pm. Sources aid that it was a routine trial, he added.
Prithvi-II missile has a strike range of 350 km and it is capable of carrying 500/100 kg warheads. The ballistic missile is powered by the liquid propulsion twin engine. The last night time testfire of Prithvi-II was conducted on February 21, 2018. The missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
It is to be noted that the nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of DRDO.
Prithvi-II missile was developed with the Indian Air Force being the primary user. It was first test-fired on January 27, 1996 and the development stages were completed in 2004.