India test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II ballistic missile successfully as part of a user trial by the army. The surface-to-surface missile travelled in the pre-coordinated projectile and achieved single digit accuracy.
The sophisticated missile was flight tested at around 11am from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range off Odisha coast at Chandipur.
V K Saraswat, director general of DRDO and scientific advisor to the defence minister termed the mission as ‘excellent’. He said the test conducted as part of the operational exercise was a ‘copy book’ success as the missile met all objectives. A ship located near the target witnessed the final event.
The missile used for the test was picked up randomly from the production lot. Prithvi is nine metres long, one metre in diameter and weighs around 4,600kg. It uses a single stage liquid fuel dual motor and has been designed to deliver advanced conventional warheads deep into enemy territory. The missile dives at the target at an 80 degree angle.