In a recent development, it has been confirmed by the Defense sources that India has successfully conducted the twin trial of the all-new nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha. The missile was test-fired twice in a quick succession as a part of a user trail by the army.
With a strike range of 350 kms and strength to carry 500 to 1,000 kgs of warhead, the missile was test-fired twice from the mobile launcher from launch complex III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9:35 AM in Odhisha today.
In a similar trial, India has indigenously test fired a nuclear capable Prithvi- II missile as a part of a users trial in May 2016. As per the sources, the recently tested missile stabbed with liquid propulsion twin engines and uses an advanced inertial system guide with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
Commenting on the same, a defence scientist said that the missiles were randomly selected from the production stock and the entire launch activities was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) . The launch was closely monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise. The missile trajectory was overlooked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking system and the telemetry stations located around the coast of Odhisha, said the source.
The single-stage liquid-fueled Prithivi II missile was inducted into the Indian armed force in 2003 and is India’s first missile to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.