Prithvi-ii hits tar­get in a flaw­less user mis­sion


Amis­sile unit of the Strate­gic Forces Com­mand (SFC) re­cently launched the in­dige­nously de­vel­oped sur­face-to-sur­face/nu­clear ca­pa­ble Prithvi II mis­sile with a strike range of around 350 km, from the test range at Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast.

It was a per­fect text-book launch and the mis­sile equipped with ad­vanced high ac­cu­racy in­dige­nously de­vel­oped nav­i­ga­tion and ma­noeu­vring sys­tem, the mis­sile achieved all its tar­get­ing and tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters, set out for this launch. The mis­sile tra­jec­tory was tracked by the DRDO radars, elec­tro-op­ti­cal track­ing sys­tems and teleme­try sta­tions lo­cated along the coast of Odisha. The down­range teams on­board the ship de­ployed near the des­ig­nated im­pact point in the Bay of Ben­gal had mon­i­tored the ter­mi­nal events and splash­down.

In­ducted into In­dia’s Strate­gic Forces Com­mand in 2003, the Prithvi II mis­sile, the first mis­sile to be de­vel­oped by DRDO un­der In­dia’s pres­ti­gious In­te­grated Guided Mis­sile De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (IGMDP) is now a proven tech­nol­ogy. The launch was part of a reg­u­lar train­ing ex­er­cise of the SFC and was mon­i­tored by DRDO sci­en­tists. Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor, AD Adalat Ali, N. Siva Subra­manyam, Pro­ject Di­rec­tor and oth­ers were present to over­see the launch op­er­a­tions.

The mis­sile be­ing based on a mo­bile trans­porter erec­tor launcher ve­hi­cle is ver­sa­tile and de­signed for quick ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and high op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity on the bat­tle­field.

A SFC spokesman said, “Such suc­cess­ful train­ing launches clearly in­di­cate our op­er­a­tional readi­ness to meet any even­tu­al­ity as also es­tab­lishes the re­li­a­bil­ity of this de­ter­rent com­po­nent of In­dia’s strate­gic arse­nal.”

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