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Nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile successfully test fired

It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

By: Press Trust of India | Balasore (odisha) | Published: November 14, 2014 12:27 pm
Describing the trial as "fully successful," ITR Director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command. (Source: Reuters) Describing the trial as “fully successful,” ITR Director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command. (Source: Reuters photo)

India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, from a test range at Chandipur near here as part of a user trial by Army.

Defence sources said the state-of-the-art missile, which is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads, was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range at about 10.40 hrs.

It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

Describing the trial as “fully successful,” ITR Director M V K V Prasad told PTI that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command.

The sophisticated missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by SFC and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, defence sources said.

“The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha.

“The downrange teams onboard the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown,” the sources said.

Prithvi II, which was inducted into the SFC in 2003, is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and is now a proven technology.

Today’s launch was part of a regular training exercise of SFC and was monitored by DRDO scientists, the sources said.     Such training launches clearly indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India’s Strategic arsenal, the sources said.

The last user trials of Prithvi-II in 2014 were successfully carried out from the same base on January 7, 2014 and March 28, 2014, they  added.

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  1. Balram Balram
    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    It's a lot more complicated than that... that's why it's called rocket science.You have to take into account torque, projectile velocity, spin, cost, materials used to design rocket and then of course, the infamous EU lawsdia loves to share its technology with Russia, and since Russia is still in the EU, it must abide with the policy that it's not allowed any inter-continental ballistic missiles.China's intelligence agencies claims India has developed inter-continental ballistic missiles that can travel over the entire planet. India and Russia have to deny this, and quite obviously it's easy to see that they're lying (good thing, because the US doesn't)dia has nothing to be worried about, as they won't face sanctions if they do have it, Russia would though, on top of its existing ones.'Google BrahMos I,II,III, each is said not to be inter-continental, yet some go supersonic, hypersonic and so forth. Kind awkward requiring such speeds, for such short distances, don't you think?It's obvious that these missiles are intercontinental, you don't need an intelligence agency to know that.
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      H1N1
      Nov 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm
      only 350km?? China has a range of 15,000 kms.....how hard is it to match them? Dont you just have to add more solid propellant or liquid thrusters to increase the range? Why cant you do that? And also increase payload to 5 tonnes?
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        Ramaiah
        Nov 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm
        It is unfortunate we are also forced to stock file missiles war heads etc mostly mostly focused against our blood brothers who got separated from us due political requirement of imperial powers and power greediness of naive political leaders
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          anon
          Nov 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm
          Missiles types have a specific purpose. Lower range missiles have a quicker deployment time and can easily be moved in difficult terrain. The Agni missiles have a much longer range (5000km) but are heavier and thus less agile
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            Vinod Dwivedi
            Nov 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm
            India also has ICBM whose range is around 10K kms
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