Nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile test-fired successfully

"It was a perfect launch and all mission objectives were met," said ITR Director M V KV Prasad.

Balasore | Published: March 28, 2014 11:19 am
Prithvi “It was a perfect launch and all mission objectives were met,” said ITR Director M V KV Prasad. (PTI photo)

India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi II missile, with a range of 350 km, from a test range near Balasore as part of a user trial by the Army.

Integrated Test Range (ITR) Director M V K V Prasad said the missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of

“It was a perfect launch and all mission objectives were met,” he said, adding the missile was test-fired from a
mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 at Chandipur at about 9.45 AM.

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

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

Defence sources said the training launch of Prithvi II, which was inducted into Strategic Force Command (SFC) in 2003, clearly indicate the country’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality besides establishing the reliability of this deterrent component of India’s strategic arsenal.

Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the
country’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and is now a proven technology.

The missile is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring

The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the
specially formed SFC as part of a regular training exercise.

It was monitored by DRDO scientists, the sources said.

The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted from the same base on January 7, 2014.

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    Sandip Rudra
    Mar 28, 2014 at 8:33 am
    Our defence officials and intelligence are the greatest ets. Hats off to them.
    1. C
      Mar 28, 2014 at 6:29 am
      Congratulations to all the scientists involved.But who eats away main resources of India ????????Biggest ever scam in the history (If this reporter is true)60 Lakh Cr. - Thorium smuggling scam. NEWS came in “Divya Bhaskar” dated 9/10/13, by Sanjay Vora. Thorium smuggling may be possible but up to the tune of such huge amount I am not sure. But I also read Sanjay Vora's article and he also is trustworthy. Can any one throw light on it ?(Contact Sanjay Vora - "Divya Bhaskar” )Thanks.