Suc­cess­ful launch of Prithvi-II mis­sile

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

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

The launch was flaw­less and the mis­sile splashed down at its pre-des­ig­nated tar­get with pre­ci­sion. The launch clearly es­tab­lishes the well-honed drills and skills of SFC units in un­der­tak­ing in­de­pen­dent unit launches.

The De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) pro­duced in­dige­nous mis­sile was ran­domly se­lected from the stock held with SFC units for this reg­u­lar train­ing ex­er­cise. Equipped with im­proved high ac­cu­racy nav­i­ga­tion and ma­noeu­vring sys­tem, the mis­sile achieved all its tar­get­ing and tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters set out for this train­ing ex­er­cise.

Prithvi mis­siles are in­dige­nously pro­duced and are equipped with im­proved high ac­cu­racy nav­i­ga­tion and ma­noeu­vring sys­tem. In­ducted into In­dia’s Strate­gic Forces Com­mand in 2003, the Prithvi-II mis­sile, the first mis­sile to be de­vel­oped un­der In­dia’s pres­ti­gious IGMDP strength­ens In­dia’s nu­clear de­ter­rence.

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