India successfully conducts night trial of Prithvi-II missile
Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kilograms of warheads and derives its thrust from liquid propulsion twin engines.
India on February 21, 2018 successfully conducted night trial of indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast.
Night trial of Prithvi-II missile
The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of this 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha.
The trial was a part of randomly selected regular training exercise by the armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice.
This night trial of Prithvi-II came after successful trials of the Agni-5, Agni-II and Agni I in just over a month.
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About Prithvi-II missile
• The Prithvi-II missile weighs about 4600 kg and is capable of carrying 500 to one thousand kilogram of warheads.
• It was inducted into the 333-missile regiment of the Indian Army in the year 2003.
• This 9 metre tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
• It was developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
• It was first test-fired on January 27, 1996.