India successfully test fired Prithvi-II in Orissa.

Prithvi-IIBhubaneswar: India successfully test fired Prithvi-II, its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a test range in Orissa, an official said.

The missile blasted off from launch complex No.III at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur in Balasore district, about 230 km from here.

The launch was carried out by the Indian armed forces, as part of usual training exercise and examined by the scientists of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

“It was a fantastic launch. The missile met all the mission objectives and it was a perfect text-book launch,” S.P. Dash, director of the test range, told IANS.

Prithvi is India’s 1st indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of 5 missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

The medium-range missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and reaching a summit altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500-kg warhead.

Prithvi uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and comes within metres of its target. The missile has been fruitfully flight tested in the past on a number of times as part of the training exercise.

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