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Two Prithvi-II missiles test-fired successfully

'Two indigenously developed surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missiles were test-fired from the ITR and both the trials were fully successful,' Integrated Test Range director SP Dash said.

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Two Prithvi-II nuclear-capable ballistic missiles with a strike range of 350km were successfully test-fired in an hour's gap today as part of user trials by the army from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast.

"Two indigenously developed surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missiles were test-fired from the ITR and both the trials were fully successful," ITR director SP Dash said.

The missiles, mounted on mobile launchers and aimed at different targets, were test-fired from launch complex-3 in the ITR at around 0815 and 0915 hrs, defence sources said.

The test-firing of the sleek missiles, already inducted into the armed forces, were routine trials conducted by personnel of Strategic Force Command (SFC), they said.

"The entire trajectory of the twin trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, electro-optic telemetry stations and ships launched in the down range impact point area in the Bay for post-launch analyses," the sources said.

During the last user trial from the same launch complex on September 24 this year, the missile had failed to perform due to some technical problems.

"Prithvi-II missile had proved its robustness and accuracy repeatedly during many trials earlier," a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said.

With a maximum strike range of 350km, Prithvi-II is capable of carrying a payload of 500-1000kg warhead.  

"Taken from routine production lot during earlier user trials by Indian Army, the missile had achieved single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP)," the sources said.

The missile, having required features to deceive any anti-ballistic missile, had demonstrated flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5km during user’s trial in 2008.  

Similarly, as part of operational exercises by armed forces, two Prithvi-II missiles, aimed at different targets at 350km from launch point of ITR were successfully launched within minutes of each other on October 12, 2009 and all mission objectives were met, sources said.

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