Two nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missiles were successfully test-fired within a span of an hour by personnel of the Strategic Force Command from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur on Wednesday.
The first missile was fired at 08:15 a.m. and second one at 09:15 a.m. from mobile launchers. Both were launched as part of the user trials and were tested for the full range of 350 kms.
After a flight duration of about eight minutes, the two missiles zeroed on to their predesignated targets with a high degree of accuracy as they splashed down into the sea.
Today’s success was preceded by a failure of the same missile when it failed to take off soon after its launch in September last.
All the radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems located along the coast tracked the trajectory of missile, according to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials.
The nine-metre tall, Prithvi-II is a single stage, liquid propelled missile and capable of carrying payloads of 500- 1,000 kg. It was already inducted into the Air Force – Thehindu