India Successfully Test Fires Nuclear Capable Prithvi-II


Chandipur: India successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur, off Odisha coast on Wednesday.

The medium range missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.

As part of a user trial, the 4,600 kilogram missile with a strike range of 350 kilometer, the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at around 9:40 hrs.

The battlefield missile has flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 kilometres.

The launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Command and monitored by the DRDO scientists.

The first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, Prithvi-II was inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003.

The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 16, 2016 from the same test range in Odisha.

Pakistan had earlier said that it will acquire advanced technology to improve its defence and will also raise India’s latest development at the International arena.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Islamabad will continue to upgrade its defensive capabilities.

Assuring that Pakistan would raise its voice at the international level against India’s defense developments, the diplomat alleged that India is enjoying the cooperation of the United States, as Washington thinks a strong India is vital to contain China.

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