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Two for joy: Nuke-capable Prithvi II ballistic missile test-firing a success

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Balasore (Odisha), August 12, 2013
First Published: 20:22 IST(12/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(13/8/2013)

India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Prithvi II at Chandipur in Odisha's Balasore district.

The missile, with a range of 350 km, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and made part of the armed forces' weaponry, was test-fired at 9.20am at the integrated test range, more than 200 km east of Bhubaneswar, by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army as part of a regular training exercise.

"It was a perfect textbook launch and the missile … achieved all its target and technical parameters set for the launch," DRDO director Ravi Kumar Gupta said.

Inducted into the SFC in 2003, Prithvi II is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) and has been successfully test-fired several times as part of trial exercises.

"Such successful training launches clearly indicate our operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India's strategic arsenal," an SFC spokesman said.

The missile, 9 metres in height with a launch weight of 4.6 tonnes, is capable of carrying a warhead of more than 500 kg.

Equipped with a high-accuracy navigation system with sophisticated on-board control and guidance, the missile could be launched from anywhere with its mobile launcher.

The missile trajectory was tracked by radars of DRDO, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha, said a defence official.

Defence Minister A K Antony congratulated the Prithvi-II team for the success, sources said in New Delhi.

(With PTI inputs)


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