India on Wednesday successfully test fired the DRDO-developed, nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile off the coast of Odisha in Balasore. Earlier on October 16, India had successfully conducted a night trial of Prithvi-2 missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said.
The Prithvi-2 missile is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kg of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. The sophisticated missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with a maneuvering trajectory to hit its target, they said.
Already inducted into the armory of Indian defence forces in 2003, the nine-metre tall ‘Prithvi’ was the first missile to have been developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).