Test-Fire of Prithvi-II missile

On June 15, 2022, India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable and indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from Odisha, as part of user training trial.

About Prithvi-II missile

  • Prithvi-II missile is a proven system and a surface-to-surface missile. It is capable of striking targets with high degree of precision.
  • User training launch has validated all operational and technical parameters Prithvi missile.
  • The missile has a strike range of 350 km.
  • It was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.

Background

In the previous instance, Prithvi-II also was successfully test fired on February 21, 2018 from ITR at Chandipur. Later, two consecutive trials of Prithvi- II were conducted on November 20, 2019.

Warhead of the missile

Prithvi-II is capable to carry 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads. It is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory in order to hit its target. It was randomly chosen from production stock. Entire launch of the missile was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Indian Army. It is monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)

Prithvi missile is a 9-meter-tall, liquid-fuelled, single-stage missile which was already inducted into armory of Indian defence forces in 2003. It is the first missile, that have been developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). IFMDP was one of major works of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, launched to make Indian defence forces self-sufficient in missile technology. Some other missiles developed under this programme include Agni, Akash, Nag and Trishul.

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