The Strategic Force Command (SFC) and the DRDO have successfuly test-fired Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of nuclear capable warheads with a range of of 350 kilometres.
The test was conducted on Thursday morning from Chandipur in Odisha at 9:20 AM.
“The trial of the missile conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) was fully successful,” ITR Director MVKV Prasad told media.
The test schedule was monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), who developed the missile. The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha, DRDO sources told PTI.
“The downrange teams on board the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown,” they said.
Prithvi II was the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India’s prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) and integrated into the army’s SFC, which periodically conducts tests from randomly chosen from the stockpile.
Last time, the Prithvi-II missile was successfully test-fired on November 14, 2014.