India successfully conducted night trial of Prithvi-II missile

  • India successfully conducted night trial of its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast on February 21, 2018. 
  • The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of the 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha at 8: 30 pm.
  • The missile weighs about 4,600 kg and is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kilogram of conventional or nuclear warheads. 
  • It has an operational range of around 350 kilometers. 
  • Prithvi-II was Inducted into the 333-missile regiment of the Indian Army in 2003.
  • The 9 metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. 
  • Yesterday’s trial was a part of randomly selected regular training exercise by the armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice. 
  • It was developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited.
  • The missile was first test-fired on 27 January 1996. 

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