India on 26 November test-fired nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the Indian Army. The test took place at complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha.
The data of the missile launch, conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC), has shown positive results, said a defense forces source.
The indigenous surface-to-surface missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads, and is run by liquid propulsion twine engines. To hit its predestined target, the missile uses inertial guidance system.
The nuclear missile was selected from the production stock; the launch was carried out by the SFC, and monitored by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists as part of a training exercise, said a defense scientist.
The DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations tracked the trajectory. They are situated along the Odisha coast, said the source.
Inducted into India’s armed forces in 2003, Prithvi 2, developed by DRDO under India’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme is a proven technology.
The downrange teams on a ship deployed near the impact point in the Bay of Bengal, monitored the events, and splashdown.
The last user trial of the missile was conducted on February 19, 2015 in Odisha. Such training indicates India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality, and establish the reliability of the country’s strategic arsenal, said sources.