India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi II missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore on 6 January 2014.
Prithvi-II is capable of carrying warheads of 500 kg to 1,000 kg. It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.
The missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.
The entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence service. The entire trajectory of missile was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations.
Prithvi II is the first missile which was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under India's prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program)
IGMDP was managed by DRDO, started in early 1980 and ended in 2008.The missiles developed under the program were Prithvi, Agni, Trishul, Akash, Nag.
Prithvi-II missile is already inducted into the Indian Armed forces. The last trial of Prithvi-II was successfully carried out from the same base on 3 December 2012.
The naval operational variant of Prithvi II class missiles are known as Dhanush. It was already inducted into Indian navy.
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