India is preparing to conduct user trials of the surface-to-surface Prithvi II missile from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea on 24 September.

The 9m-long and 1m-wide missile is one of the five missiles being developed under the integrated missile development programme.

The missile can carry a payload of 500kg-1t, can carry conventional and nuclear warheads and has a range of 350km, according to the the Central Chronicle.

The missile was previously tested for a range of 273km and will be tested for 320km range by the army from LC-III.

The nuclear-capable missile is handled by the army units attached to the strategic force command’s special group.