India test-fires Prithvi-II off Odisha coast


Bhubaneswar: India on Wednesday successfully conducted the first night trial of nuclear-capable surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence facility off Odisha coast.

The missile was test fired from a mobile launcher positioned at the launching complex III (LC-III) of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.30 pm.

Mounted on a Mobile Tatra transporter-erector Launcher (MTL) and equipped with state of the art guidance system, the indigenously developed missile was fired in a real-time situation.

Notably, the test came two days after the successful trial of 2,000 km range Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni-II from Abdul Kalam Island.

Prithvi-II is India’s first developed and inducted indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile. It is capable of attacking targets at a range of 350 km.

The missile reached the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal while being guided by an accurate Inertial Navigation System (INS) and controlled by the thrust vector control and Aero-dynamic control systems.

The 8.56 meter long missile with a diameter of one metre has the capability to carry one tonne of warhead. It can target mobile targets including unmanned aerial vehicles.

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