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After "Dhanush" India successfully tests fire Prithvi-II missile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, March 11, IRNA -- Indigenously developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Prithvi-II, was on Friday test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore off Orissa coast, in less than an hour of flight testing of 'Dhanush' from a naval ship.

'Prithvi-II missile, which has a maximum range of 350 kms, was test fired from a mobile launcher at the launch complex-3 in the ITR' at around 1100 hours, pti reported quoting defence sources as said.

Official sources said trials of both 'Dhanush', test-fired from a warship at a spot between Paradip and Puri, and Prithvi-II missiles were successful.

“Prithvi-II missile has proved its robustness and accuracy repeatedly during many trials earlier,' a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said.

'Taken from routine production lot during earlier user’s trials by the Indian Army, the missile has achieved single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP),' he said

The missile, which has features to deceive anti-ballistic missile systems, has demonstrated its ability to manoeuvre in earlier trials, the official said.

As a part of the operational exercises by the Armed Forces, two of Prithvi-11 missiles, aimed at two different targets at 350 km from launch point of ITR, at Chandipur were successfully launched within minutes of each other on October 12, 2009, and all the mission objectives were met, he said.

Similarly, 'Prithvi' missiles had been successfully test flighted within a gap of one hour from the ITR base at Chandipur on December 22, 2010, last.

With a maximum strike range of 350 km, Prithvi-II is capable of carrying a 500-1000 kg warhead.

The test firing of the surface-to-surface missile, which has already been inducted into Indian armed forces, was a 'routine' trial conducted by the personnel of Strategic Force Command (SFC), the sources said.

'The trial was conducted in the presence of senior officials as part of routine training exercises', they said.

'Prithvi', the first ballistic missile developed under the country's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), is propelled by twin liquid propulsion engines.

With a length of nine metres and a diameter of one metre, Prithvi-II uses an advanced inertial navigation system with manoeuvring trajectory.

'The entire trajectory of today's trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, electro-optic telemetry stations and ships launched in the down range impact point area in the Bay of Bengal for the post-launch analysis,' the sources said.

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