Prithvi-II ballistic missile successfully test-fired

Balasore: India today successfully test-fired its nuclear capable `Prithvi-II` ballistic missile, with a range of 350 kms, as part of user trial by the armed forces from Chandipur off Orissa coast, about 15 km from here.

"The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile was flight tested at around 8.50 AM from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range launch complex-III," ITR Director S P Dash said.

The trial, conducted as part of operational exercise, was "fully successful," he said.

The test firing of the short-range ballistic missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces, was a `user trial`, defence sources said.

The sleek missile is "handled by the specially raised strategic force command", they said, adding the missile has a length of 9 metres and is one metre in diameter. It is propelled by two engines than run on liquid fuel.

Prithvi, the first ballistic missile developed under the country`s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), has the capability of carrying 500 kg of warhead.

The missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.

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