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Indian Army successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II

India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenous nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

Prithvi II missile. Image courtesy DRDO

Prithvi-II missile. Image courtesy: DRDO

The surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR at around 9:50 am, official sources said.

The test was part of a regular training exercise conducted by the Indian Army.

The launch was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC), which was monitored by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the sources added.

The Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and its thrust is generated by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The missile was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003.

It is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.


Updated Date: Jun 02, 2017 13:28 PM

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