Reported by Rashmi Ranjan Das
Baleswar, Dec 3:
Nuclear capable ‘Prithvi-II’ a surface-to-surface nuclear missile with a range of 350 km was successfully test fired at 10.04 am today from Launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Baleswar district.
The indigenously developed missile was test fired from a mobile launcher as part of user trials by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC), defence sources said.
The missile has already been inducted by the armed forces and is handled by the army units attached to the strategic force command’s special group.
The twin-engined Prithvi-II is 8.56 meters in length, 1 metre wide and 4600 kg weight. It has features to deceive enemy missiles and is equipped with ‘added inertial’ navigation systems.
The missile’s targets and all the parametre were met, said MVKV prasad, Director ITR,Chandipur.
It has been designed to operate with both liquid and solid fuels, and capable of carrying 500 kg of both conventional and nuclear payloads, a defence scientist said.
The user trial of Prithvi-II was last carried out on October 8 this year from ITR Chandipur.