India on 12 August 2013 successfully test-fired indigenously-developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a military base in Odisha. The ballistic missile with a range of 350 km was fired from launch complex number three of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district off Odisha coast.
Prithvi-II missile was launched by the personnel of the Strategic Force Command (SFC) from ITR’s Launch Complex-III as part of routine user training. The missile scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) monitored the launch operations.
The missile was tracked by the radars, telemetry stations and electro-optical systems along the East Coast. All the systems incorporated in the missile worked to perfection and it zeroed in on the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal.
The Prithvi-II missile is already inducted into the Indian Armed forces. It has been developed by the DRDO.
Fact-sheet on Prithvi-II Missile
• Prithvi is the first missile to be developed under India's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
• It is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads.
• It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines, uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. The last users trial of Prithvi-II was successfully carried out from the same base on 20 December 2012.
Where: Odisha coast
When: 12 August 2013