Bhubaneswar: Indian armed forces successfully conducted first night trial of nuclear-capable surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence test facility off Odisha coast.
Equipped with state of the art guidance system the missile was test fired from a mobile launcher positioned at the launching complex III (LC-III) of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.30 pm.
This was second test of the missile in two weeks and the test came a day after successful trial of 2,000 km range Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni-II from Abdul Kalam Island.
Prithvi-II, capable of attacking targets at a range of 350 km, is India’s first developed and inducted indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile. The test proved the reliability of the weapon and reconfirmed its operational readiness which means it can be fired anytime and in any terrain in short notice.
“The night trial is highly significant as all preparations are done in dark so that it can be invisible to enemies. This was first trial of Prithvi-II during night and it has met all mission parameters as coordinated,” said a defence official.