India successfully test-fired home-made Prithvi II nuclear-capable ballistic missile 0312131
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|Tuesday, December 3, 2013 09:27 AM|
|India successfully test-fired home-made Prithvi II nuclear-capable ballistic missile.|
India on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha as part of a user trial by defence forces. The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired at around 10:05am from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range, about 15 km from here, defence sources said.
Prithvi tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) test-fired (Archive image)
"The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise," the sources said.
"The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha," they said.
"The downrange teams onboard a ship deployed near the designated impact point in Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown," they said.
Inducted into India's Strategic Forces Command in 2003, Prithvi, the first missile developed by DRDO under India's prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program), is now a proven technology, said a defence official.
The last user trial of Prithvi-II missile was successfully carried out from the same base on October 7.