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India tests nuke capable Prithvi II missile

Jun 9, 2011

India Thursday test-fired its homegrown nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile from a defence base in Orissa, defence sources said.

The surface to surface missile with range of 350 km was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 230 km from here, as part of user trial.
Prithvi is India's first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under country's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

"The missile mounted on a mobile launcher was test-fired from the launch complex-3 in the ITR at around 0905 hours", defence officials said.
With a maximum striking range of 350 km, the missile is capable of carrying a pay-load of 500-1000 kg warhead.

"Prithvi-II missile had proved its robustness and accuracy during many trials earlier," an official of the Defence Research and development Organisation (DRDO) said.
"Taken from routine production lot during earlier user's trials by the Army, the missile had achieved single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP)," they said.

The missile, which has features to deceive any anti ballistic missiles, had demonstrated flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km in 2008 user's trial.
Similarly, as a part of the operational exercises by Armed forces, two Prithvi-II missiles, aimed at two different targets at 350 km from launch point of ITR, at Chandipur were successfully launched within minutes of each other on October 12, 2009 and all the mission objectives were met.

The sleek missile once again proved its accuracy when the user, tried it in a 'salvo mode' on March 27 and June 18, 2010 from Chandipur. It was the fourth successful Prithvi-II flight within a period of eight months.