India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the army. The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur (Odhisa).
The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise .
Prithvi II, that was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003 is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) which is now a proven technology.
Other varients of Prithvi missile :-
- Prithvi I - Army Version (150 km (93 mi) range with a payload of 1,000 kg
- Prithvi II - Air Force Version (250 km (160 mi) range with a payload of 500 kg
- Prithvi III - Naval Version (350 km (220 mi) range with a payload of 1000 kg
- Dhanush - Dhanush missile is also a naval version of Prithvi which can be launched from ships
Importance of regular test and trials :- Such training launches clearly indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of the country’s strategic arsenal.