Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Feb 16:
The nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile was today test-fired from a military base in Odisha.
The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a range of 250 km-300 km was fired from the launchpad-3 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district.
The short-range missile was test-fired at around 10 am, sources said.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army conducted the test as part of a regular training exercise.
Notably, Prithvi is India’s first indigenously-built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
The battlefield missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 km, can carry a 500-kg warhead.
The missile has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target within a few metres of accuracy.
It has a higher lethal effect compared to equivalent missiles in the world. Scientists say the accuracy has already been demonstrated in the past in the development flight trials.
The missile was first test-fired on January 27, 1996 and inducted into Indian Army in 2003.
The twin-engine Prithvi-II is 8.56 metre in length, 1.1 metre in width and weighs 4,600 kg.