India’s highly sophisticated and nuclear capable short range ballistic missile (SRBM) “Prithvi-2” is likely to be test-fired on Monday from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here.

“The test will be part of the user’s trial. It will be conducted by a special contingent raised by the Indian army”, sources in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said on Sunday.

“Range preparation in the ITR complex has reached the final stage for the trial and if everything proceeds in the right direction, the exercise would be carried out on Monday”, the sources said.

“Prithvi-2 missile is single stage liquid propelled and is equipped with inertial navigation system. The missile is about 9 metre in length and 1 metre in width. The missile can carry conventional or nuclear war-heads.

With an extended range of 350 km, the state-of-the-art surface-to-surface Prithvi missile has already been inducted into the armed forces.

The last trial of ‘Prithvi-2’ was conducted on April 15, this year from the ITR at Chandipur.

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