Balasore (Orissa), Sept 27: India tested its surface to surface strategic missile Prithvi-II successfully on Monday from Chandipur test range in Balasore district, Orissa. Defense Research Development Organigation (DRDO) developed 350 km range missile was tested by Indian Armed Forces as part of regular training exercises.
Prithivi-II reached the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high accuracy of better than 10 meters.
Ministry of Defense in its statement said, “The flight test of the Prithvi-II Missile met all the Mission objectives and was perfect like text book launch.”
Prithvi-II is a part of DRDO's plan to develop a tactical surface-to-surface, surface-to-air and air-to-air short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
Prithvi II is also a single stage liquid-fuelled missile with a warhead capability of 500 kg. Initially it was of 250 km range bit later on upgraded to 350 km range with higher payload of 1000 kg. It was first test-fired on January 27, 1996 and the development stages were completed in 2004.
After a failed test on September 24, 2010 two more missiles were launched on December 22, 2010 which proved to be complete success.