India successfully test fires indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile

Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

May 18, 2016 18:11 IST
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OECD MCAA 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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