N-capable Prithvi-2 missile launched from Chandipur, Odisha

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Nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile was launched from a range at Chandipur in Odisha
Nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile was launched from a range at Chandipur in Odisha

India on November 21 test-fired nuclear capable Prithvi-2 surface-to-surface missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial from a test range Chandipur in Odisha.

The two missiles, having a strike range of 350 km, carried warheads weighing between 500 kg and 1,000 kg. They were fired from a mobile launcher from launch Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.

A similar twin trial was conducted on October 12, 2009 from the same base.

Liquid propulsion drives the missile, which uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory to hit its target. The entire activity was monitored by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The trajectory of the missile was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along Odisha coast.

The nine-metre-tall liquid-fuelled Prithvi-2 was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003. It is the first missile to be developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme by the DRDO.