India’s Nuclear-Capable ballistic missile, Prithvi-2, was successfully test fired from Integrated Test Range as part of a user trial by the Army in Odisha. It’s a surface to surface missile with a strike range of 350 kms. The missile was fired around 1100 hrs from a mobile launcher from ITR’s launch complex-III at Chandipur. ITR Director, MVKV Prasad declared the test as 100% successful with all the mission objectives accomplished.
Prithvi is the first ballistic missile developed under the country’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and has flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km with the capability to carry 500 kg of both nuclear and conventional war head sand a strike range of 350 km. It’s a forefront missile which is 9 meter long and one meter in diameter with liquid propulsion twin engine.
The main objective of the test was to study the control and guidance system of the missile. A defense scientist associated with the trial said radars and electro optical systems located along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters of the missile throughout the flight path. The missile has features to betray anti-ballistic missiles, and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering capabilities and reaches its target within a few meters of accuracy.