Balasore: After the successful launch of Army’s medium range nuclear capable Agni-II on Tuesday, India had successfully launched a night trail of its domestically developed nuclear capable ‘Prithvi-II’ missile on Wednesday.
The surface-to-surface missile launched with a strike range of 350km, from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. It launched as a part of a user trial by the Army at around 8.30pm. Notably, the entire launch processes were carried out by the special formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by the DRDO scientists.
The state-of-the-art ‘Prithvi-II’ missile is capable to carry the warheads of 500 to 1000kg and is pushed by liquid propulsion twin engines. The defence sources said that the sophisticated missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with navigating trajectory to hit the target.
Meanwhile, inducted into the Armed forces of the country in 2003, the 9 meter-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled ‘Prithvi-II’ is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).