Preparations for user trial of Prithvi-II on

Balasore: Preparations are on for the user trial of the nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile by Army on Thursday at Chandipur near here.

The indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile will be tested at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, about 15 km from here.

"Range co-ordination work is almost complete and the user`s trial of Prithvi-II missile by the Army may be taken up tomorrow from the ITR," a defence source said.

"India on December 22, 2010 had successfully test-fired in quick succession two nuclear-capable `Prithvi-II` surface-to-surface missiles, with different ranges, from the ITR," the source said.

Scientists of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) would supervise the test-firing with logistic support from the ITR personnel here. Naval ships would be ready near the impact points in the Bay of Bengal.