Prithvi-ii suc­cess­fully test-fired from Odisha


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

The sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile was flight tested from a mo­bile launcher from In­te­grated Test Range’s launch com­plex-3 at Chandipur. ITR Di­rec­tor M.V.K.V. Prasad said, “All the mis­sion ob­jec­tives were ac­com­plished.”

The state-of-the-art Prithvi is the first bal­lis­tic mis­sile devel­oped un­der the coun­try’s pres­ti­gious In­te­grated Guided Mis­sile Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (IGMDP) and has the ca­pa­bil­ity to carry 500 kg of both nu­clear and con­ven­tional war­heads with a strike range of 350 km, sources said.

The mis­sile uses ad­vanced in­er­tial guid­ance sys­tem with ma­noeu­vring tra­jec­tory. The test-fire of the so­phis­ti­cated short-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile, al­ready in­ducted into the armed forces, was a user trial by the army and mon­i­tored by sci­en­tists of the 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 and im­prove ac­cu­racy.

“The whole ex­er­cise was aimed at study­ing the con­trol and guid­ance sys­tem of the mis­sile be­sides pro­vid­ing train­ing to the Army,” said a DRDO of­fi­cial.

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

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