This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
This Thursday India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of about 350 km as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. This missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex 3 according to the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 9:20 this morning.
According to The Hindu, with a strike range of 350 km, Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads, is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines and it uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory. “The trial of the missile conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) was fully successful,” ITR Director MVKV Prasad informed PTI over phone. “The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as part of training exercise,” The Hindu quoted a defence scientist said.
“The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,” sources of the news portal said. “The downrange teams on board the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown,” they added.