September 26th, 2011
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Prithvi II successflly test fired

Prithvi IIBalasore: India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable ‘Prithvi-II’ ballistic missile, with a range of 350 kms, as part of user trial by the armed forces from Chandipur off the Orissa coast. The nine-metre tall missile, built indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was launched at 08.50am, today from the Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Orissa by the personnel of Strategic Force Command as part of regular user trial.

“The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile was flight tested at around 8.50 AM from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range launch complex-III,” ITR director S P Dash said. The trial, conducted as part of operational exercise, was “fully successful,” he said.

The test-firing of the short-range ballistic missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces, was a ‘user trial’, defence sources said. The missile which was picked up randomly from the production lot met all the mission objectives and closed in onto the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with a high degree of accuracy after a 500-second flight, according to DRDO officials. The Circular Error Probability was (CEP) was a few metres, they added.

A battery of sophisticated radars, electro-optical systems, telemetry stations and a ship located near the target point tracked the entire flight path until its splash down. The sleek missile is “handled by the specially raised strategic force command”, they said, adding the missile has a length of 9 metres and is one metre in diameter.

It is propelled by two engines than run on liquid fuel. It is a single stage missile and equipped with sophisticated inertial navigation, control and guidance system. It can carry payload of 500-1,000 kg and has already been inducted into the Armed Forces. The missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.





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