India on 16 February 2016 successfully test fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from the Chandipur, off Odisha coast. The medium range missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
As part of a user trial, the missile with a strike range of 350 km, test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR). It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
The first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), Prithvi-II was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003.
The last user trial of the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on 26 November 2015 from the same test range in Odisha.
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When: 16 February 2016