TNI Bureau: India today displayed another missile power by successfully test-fired surface-to-surface Prithvi-II ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur of Balasore district in Odisha coast.
The missile was launched at 9.07 am from Launch Complex Number-III of the ITR by personnel of the Strategic Force Command (SFC) as part of a regular training exercise. A battery of radars, electro-optical systems, and telemetry stations located along the coast tracked the missile throughout its flight.
The single-stage, liquid-propelled, 9-meter long and 1 meter diameter missile is equipped with an advanced inertial navigation, control and guidance system, and can carry a payload of 500-1,000 kg to a distance of 350 km.
Prithvi-II, first indigenously developed strategic missile by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), has already been inducted into the armed forces.
The DRDO has developed three Prithvi variants: Prithvi-I for the Army; Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force; and the Dhanush for the Navy. All the three have already been inducted into service.