Prithvi-II missile

India on Monday successfully test-fired nuclear weapons capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Prithvi-II for its full range of 350 km from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

The indigenously-developed missile was picked up randomly from the production lot and launched by the personnel of the Strategic Force Command (SFC) from ITR's Launch Complex-III as part of routine user training. The launch operations were monitored by missile scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to DRDO sources, the missile was launched at 9.15 am and it zeroed in on the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with all the systems working to perfection. "It was a text-book launch", the sources added. All the radars, telemetry stations and electro-optical systems along the East Coast tracked the missile until the final splash down in the sea.

Prithvi's Programme Director, Adalat Ali and Project Director N.Siva Subramanyam oversaw the launch operations. G.Satheesh Reddy, Director, Research Centre Imarat, M.V.K.V.Prasad, Director, ITR and R.Appavuraj, Director, Proof and Experimental Establishment, DRDO were present.


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