India test fires Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile
India has reportedly test-fired two Prithvi-II short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) from a test range at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha state.
The twin trial follows a similar test firing conducted in October 2009 from the same test range.
During the latest trial, two nuclear-capable missiles were launched from mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in quick succession, The Press Trust of India reported.
The surface-to-surface missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the integrated guided-missile development (IGMD) programme.
Powered by liquid-propellant twin engines, the 9m-long missile has been designed to intercept targets at a distance of 350km.
The missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system to carry warheads ranging from 500kg to 1,000kg payloads.
The trial was supervised by scientists from the DRDO and the launch activities were carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC).
The DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha have recorded the missile trajectory.
In 2003, the Prithvi-II entered operational service with the Indian armed forces.
The Government of India's Prithvi missile project is aimed at developing three variants for use by the Indian Army, Air Force and the Navy.