Prime Minister Narendra Modi currently on 3-day nation tour for 10 days, has congratulated scientists on the successful test fire of Prithvi-II missile abck home.
“I congratulate the hard work of our scientists that has been instrumental in the successful test fire of nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile”, the prime minister said in a message.
India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a military base in Odisha on Friday.
The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a range of 250 to 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar. It has a capacity of 500-750 kg payload.
Prithvi II is currently in Air Force service and could strike at least half of Pakistan, including almost all important military targets and all major cities. It was first test-fired on January 27, 1996.
Prithvi II is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines using advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.
Integrated Test Range Director M V K V Prasad said that the test was conducted by Strategic Force Command and the trail was “Fully successful.”
The test-fire was monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise. The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars.
The ship deployed near the impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown.
Prithvi II, part of the SFC since 2003, is the first indegenous missile developed in mid-90s despite US sanctions. Its alst trail test-fire was conducted in January 2014 and March 2014.