India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Prithvi II Missile

Evrard Martin
Juin 3, 2017

India Friday successfully test-fired its home-made, nuclear-capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, sources said.

The surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile was sacked from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR at around 9.50 a.m., official sources said.

A year ago in May, Prithvi-II successfully test fired from the same test range.

The missile can carry 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is driven by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The sleek missile is handled by the strategic force command and the test-firing was conducted in order to gauge the effectiveness of the weapon in a real-time situation, sources said. This missile has the capability to carry a payload of up to 1,000 kg but if the same was reduced by half, the striking range could be enhanced.

It uses an inertial guidance system with good accuracy while the warhead uses a radar correlation terminal guidance system. It stops gaining altitude when it reaches a height of 30 km and dives towards the target at an 80 degree angle.

The missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011.

The surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile is a joint initiative of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

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