India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile on Friday June 02,2017, from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army.
The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out using a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, at around 9:50 am, according to official sources.
The trial of the sophisticated missile was successful and the mission objectives were met, they said.
The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.
The technologically advanced missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of a training exercise, a DRDO scientist said.
Inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003, the nine metre tall, single stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.