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India test fires n-capable Prithvi-II missile

Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a test range in Odisha, an official said.

The 350-km range missile blasted off from the launch complex No.III at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur in Balasore district, around 230 km from here.

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"The test was successful," ITR director M V K V Prasad told IANS.

The launch was carried out by the Indian armed forces, as part of user trial, and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

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 medium-range missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500-kg warhead.

Prithvi uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and comes within metres of its target.

The missile has been successfully flight tested in the past on a number of times as part of the training exercise.

IANS