India conducts user trial of Prithvi-II nuclear-capable missile


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The Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has conducted another trial of the Prithvi-II nuclear-capable missile.

The missile was launched from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, off the Odisha coast.

The trial was supervised by scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), reported the Press Trust of India.

An unnamed DRDO source was quoted by the agency as saying: "The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock."

"The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock."

Developed by DRDO under the integrated guided-missile development (IGMD) programme, the Prithvi-II is a surface-to-surface ballistic missile designed to intercept targets at a distance of 350km.

Using an advanced inertial guidance system, the 9m-long, liquid-propelled missile can carry conventional and nuclear warheads ranging from 500kg to 1,000kg payloads, and has features to deceive anti-ballistic missile measures.

In 2003, the Prithvi-II entered operational service with the SFC, which has since conducted several tests for user training.

In November 2015, a similar user trail was conducted by the Indian Army from the same test range in Odisha.


Image: The Prithvi-II is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO. Photo: courtesy of Government of India.