Prithvi test-fired

Prithvi testIndia on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile, capable of carrying 500-1,000 kg of warheads, as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range at Chandipur.

The missile test was carried out from a mobile-launcher from launch complex-3 of the integrated test range (ITR), at about 1,000 hrs, defence officials said.

With a strike range of 350 km, the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise, a defence scientist said.

Such training launches clearly indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India’s strategic arsenal, they said.

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