India on 18 May 2016 successfully test fired indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from the Chandipur, off Odisha coast.
As part of a user trial, the surface-to-surface missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.
The launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Command and monitored by the DRDO scientists.
Features of Prithvi-II Missile
• It weighs 4600 kilogram and has a strike range of 350 kilometer.
• It is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
• It is the first missile to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
• IGMDP was started in early 1980 and ended in 2008.The missiles developed under the program were Prithvi, Agni, Trishul, Akash and Nag.
• Prithvi-II Missile was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003.
• The naval operational variant of Prithvi-II class missiles are known as Dhanush. It was already inducted into Indian navy.
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Who: Prithvi-II missile
What: Successfully test-fired
When: 18 May 2016