Prithvi short-range ballistic missiles successfully night-tested by India
India's two Prithvi-2 ballistic missiles completed night-time tests off the Odisha coast on Wednesday. Nuclear command authority's strategic forces command carried out the trials of indigenously-developed, surface-to-surface, nuclear capable missiles.
“Two Prithvi-2 missiles were test-fired consecutively and both tests met all parameters,” confirmed an Interim Test Range (ITR) official at Chandipur, as per news agency PTI
The official said, the missiles, which have a strike range of 350 kilometres, were tested from a mobile launchpad complex-3 of the ITR between 7-7.15 pm.
He also mentioned that it was a routine trial and added, “the missile trajectory was tracked by radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations by the DRDO along the coast of Odisha."
According to the sources, the missile was chosen randomly from the force’s production stock and the launch was monitored by scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
As per PTI reports, the terminal events and splashdown were monitored by downrange teams aboard a ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal.
A similar test was conducted by ITR on February 21, 2018. And before that in 2016 on November 21, two missiles were also tested successfully from the same base.
The missiles have the power of liquid propulsion twin engines and are capable of carrying warheads of 500-1,000 kilogram, sources reported.
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