The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on Thursday successfully flight-tested nuclear weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur, off the Odisha coast.
The surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which was picked up randomly from the production lot, was fired from a road mobile launcher and tested for its full range of 350 km. The entire exercise was carried out by one of the regiments of the SFC, which handles nuclear-tipped missiles, as part of regular training.
The single-stage, liquid propelled missile can carry a payload of 500 kg. In Thursday’s trial, it carried a dummy payload and splashed down within a few metres of the target point in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy.
All radars, electro-optical systems and telemetry network tracked and monitored the missile’s performance in real time.
The SFC successfully test-fired nuclear weapons-capable Agni-II for its full distance of 700 km last week.