Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Mar 28:
The nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea in Odisha’s Baleswar district this morning.
“It was a perfect launch. It met all mission objectives,” test range Director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army conducted the test as part of a regular training exercise, he said.
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.
( with inputs from IANS )