India tests nuke capable Prithvi-II missile (Lead)

June 9th, 2011 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, June 9 (IANS) India Thursday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile from a military base in Orissa, defence ministry sources said.

The surface-to-surface missile with a range of 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore, about 230 km from here.

Prithvi is India’s first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

The missile, with a flight duration of 483 seconds and reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500 kg warhead.

Prithvi, which has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles, uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target with a few metres of accuracy.

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