Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

India successfully test-fired N-capable Prithvi-II Missile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 20, IRNA -- Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully test-fired the Prithvi-II missile from the DRDO range facility at Chandipur off the Odisha coast Thursday.

The entire trajectory of the missile was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships, said an official statement issued here.

'The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the total launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of practice drill,'

The Prithvi-II missile is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by an innovative guidance scheme. The improved Circular Error Probability (CEP) achieved is a testimony to the efficacy of this missile system.

"The flight conveys preparedness to meet any eventuality"; The mission "fully validated operational readiness".

With this launch the Army's Strategic Forces Command has successfully carried out in operational conditions launches of all the variants of Prithvi and Agni missiles.

The Prithvi-II missile, developed by the DRDO, is already inducted into the Indian Armed forces.

Prithvi, the first missile developed under India's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads and thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines, uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

The last trial of Prithvi-II was successfully carried out from the same base on October 4, 2012.

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