Prithvi-2 Successfully Test-Fired Off Odisha’s Coast

As part of a user trial by the Army, Nuclear-Capable Prithvi-2 missile was successfully test-fired, on Wednesday night from a test range off Odisha coast. “Two Prithvi-2 missiles were test-fired consecutively and both tests met all parameters,” said an official from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

The strike range of the trail missile was 350 km. The trial was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the ITR between 7 pm to 7.15 pm. It was a routine trial, said the official of the ITR adding “the missile trajectory was tracked by radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations by the DRDO along the coast of Odisha”.

As part of the training exercise, the missile was randomly selected from the production stock and the complete launch activity was administered by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Prithvi-2 is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines and has the capability of carrying 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads. The state-of-the-art missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring orbit to hit its target.

The nine-metre tall ”Prithvi” was the first missile to have been developed by DRDO though it was already inducted into the armoury of Indian defence forces back in 2003. The development of the entire missile was under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).