Prithvi II Successfully Test-Fired Off Odisha Coast

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Balasore: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired two rounds of its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile back-to-back from a mobile launcher from Launch Complex-3 of Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Balasore district.

The surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km, was launched at 7.03 pm as as part of a user trial by the Army, defence sources said.

The missile was previously successfully test-fired during the night time on February 21, last year and June 28 this year.

It is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kg of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. The state-of-the-art missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.

Inducted into the armoury of the Indian defence forces in 2003, Prithvi is the first missile to have been developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

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