Nuclear Capable Prithvi-II Missile Tested

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The President of India Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II Missile.

Missile was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

The launch was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC), which was monitored by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The missile was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003.

It is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

The surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR.

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