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June 16, 2022

India conducts training launch of Prithvi-II nuclear-capable missile

The surface-to-surface ballistic missile is designed to intercept targets at a range of 350km.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the successful user training launch of the Prithvi-II nuclear-capable missile.

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

Details regarding the trial supervision or whether the missile was chosen from the production stock were not revealed by the ministry.  

Reports from local media outlets stated that the firing was carried out from a mobile launcher and that it was a routine training trial.

In a brief statement, the MoD said: “A successful training launch of a Short-Range Ballistic Missile, Prithvi-II, was carried out on 15 June 2022 at approximately 1930 hours from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.”

It added: “The missile is a proven system and is capable of striking targets with a very high degree of precision.”

“The user training launch successfully validated all operational and technical parameters of the missile.”

Prithvi-II was inducted into service with the Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) in 2003. Since then, the weapon has been subjected to several tests.

The 9m tall, surface-to-surface ballistic missile features an advanced inertial guidance system and can carry nuclear warheads ranging from 500kg to 1,000kg. It has a strike range of 350km.

The single-stage, liquid-fuelled missile was developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), under the integrated guided-missile development (IGMD) programme.

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