Indigenous Nuclear Capable Prithvi II Missile Successfully Test Fired From Odisha

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By Karuna Chandwani | January 7, 2014 5:13 PM EST

The indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile was successfully test-fired by India on Tuesday from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha.

Screenshot from DRDO Site

The nuclear capable missile, which has a strike range of 350 km and thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines, is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.

The surface-to-surface missile was test fired as part of a user trial by the Indian Army and a regular monitoring exercise by DRDO scientists.

"The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise," sources told PTI.

The test was carried out around 9.48 am on Tuesday morning from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.

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

The DRDO team onboard a ship in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown of the missile.

The last trial of the war Prithvi-II missile was successfully carried out on 3 December from the same base.

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