On Wednesday, India successfully carried out test firing of the Prithvi short-range ballistic missile, developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range, Balasore off the coast of Odisha.
Prithvi has strike range of 350 km. It’ launch was carried out from a mobile launcher from complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range at Balasore.
“The missile trajectory was tracked by radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations by the DRDO along the coast of Odisha,” a DRDO official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Congratulations to @DRDO_India for successfully conducting a test firing of Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar. India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
The missile was first introduced into service in 2003. It has an operational range of around 350 kilometers and can alternatively be armed with 500 to 1,000 kilogram conventional or nuclear warheads.
The nine meter long missile with a diameter of one metre has the capability to carry one tonne of warhead. The missile thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engine uses an inertial guidance system while the warhead uses a radar correlation terminal guidance system.
Prithvi-II, capable of attacking targets at a range of 350 km, is India’s first developed and inducted indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile.
The surface-to-surface missile was launched from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore around 8.30 pm, reported PTI. The missile is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target, it added.