India Successfully Tests Prithvi-II Missile

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  • 09:32 AM, August 12, 2013
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India today successfully test-fired its indigenous Prithvi-II missile which has a strike range of 350 km.

The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 9.15am, according to The Times Of India.

The launch of the sleek missile was conducted as part of operational exercise by the strategic force command (SFC) of the defence services.

"The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the total launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of practice drill," the defense sources said.

The Prithvi-II missile, developed by the DRDO, is already inducted into the Indian Armed forces.

Prithvi, the first missile developed under India's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads and thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines, uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

The last users’ trial of Prithvi-II was successfully carried out from the same base in 2012. 

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