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Prithvi-II training launch successful

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Prithvi-II Missile being launched from Chandipur Range. Photo: Special Arrangement
Prithvi-II Missile being launched from Chandipur Range. Photo: Special Arrangement

The country’s first nuclear weapons-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Prithvi-II, was successfully test-fired for its full strike range of 350 km from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, off Odisha coast, on Monday.

A missile unit of the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) launched the indigenously developed missile at 9.15 a.m. from Launch Complex-III, as part of regular training exercise. Inducted into the SFC in 2003, Prithvi-II, the first missile to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), is now a proven technology, a DRDO release said.

Carrying a dummy payload, the missile hit the designated target “with a single digit” accuracy in the Bay of Bengal after a flight of about eight minutes, said Adalat Ali, programme director, Air Defence, DRDO.

Equipped with advanced high-accuracy navigation and manoeuvring system, the missile achieved all its targeting and technical parameters set out for this launch. It was a perfect textbook launch, the release said.

Radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations, located along the Odisha coast tracked the trajectory of the missile, while teams onboard a downrange ship and deployed near the target point monitored the terminal event and the splashdown. The nine-metre tall Prithvi-II is a single-stage liquid fuelled missile capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg. N. Siva Subramanyam, Project Director, Mr. Ali and others were present.

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I am no more feeling proud with this achievement. A country like
Pakistan is killing our soldiers in our territory and our government is
doing nothing. What is the use of having this missiles in our kitty ?

from:  Roopesh Raghavan
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 16:19 IST

Shall we be happy that we are able to test-fire a missile successfully? Whom are we going to bash with those missiles? These warfare only create more fears, build on prejudices. Shall we learn to use money for the integral development of the nation? Nation should be conscious in its wasteful expenditure, as more than 70% of the people live below poverty line.

from:  Shailendra Boora
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 15:17 IST

Reading sadist comments I could not resist but write this. Its always
essential to "Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty". These developments
are not developed only for attacking the enemy, but it keep the enemy at
I remember lines of a Hindi poem which translate to following, "Only his
peace-talk is reputable who is capable of victory"
Hence I commend the achievement.

from:  HWarnekar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:46 IST

A nation's strength greatly depends on the artillery it has developed.
At the moment, it may seem to be waste of resources but it is actually reflects how powerful we have emerged when it comes to nuclear weapons. A clear sign of development!

from:  Mehak Duggar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:27 IST

Congratulations TEAM SCIENTISTS!
Strong nation is the need of the hour when some of our borders are always under threat.
Proud to be Indian!.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:22 IST

Congratulations to all scientist for their hard work and keep going country's hope. Great job.Great India.

from:  amrendra kumar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:18 IST

I don't know what will be the use of it. It seems to be a waste of hard earned money of the poor people of India. With having all these our boarders are not secure.

from:  SK
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 11:56 IST

What to do with it? We will never use it! We only solve issues by so called peace talks by compromising many resources. So even Pakistan is poking us(showing us our inability).

from:  vivek
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 11:44 IST

Congratulations wish we could also successfully develop missile tracking
and attack system so that enemy could be taken care of.

from:  spsingh
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 10:57 IST

A great achievement for india. Really a proud moment.

from:  Ajay Kumar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 10:15 IST
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