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.