Prithvi-II missile test fired from Odisha coast at 8.30 pm today

Bhubaneswar: Prithvi-II missile test fired from launch pad-3 of Chandipur Test Range at 8.30 pm today . India’s Strategic Forces Command successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile during night time as part of a user trial by the Army from the launch pad No-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha on Saturday.

The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was launched around 8.30 pm, defence sources said.

Prithvi-II was previously successfully test-fired during night time on February 21 this year from the ITR at Chandipur. The missile is capable of carrying 500 to 1,000 kilogramme of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. The state-of-the-art missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially-formed Strategic Forces Command of the Army and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, they said.