India test-fires Prithvi-II nuke missile; can strike target over 350 Km accurately
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 02-Jun-2017

Balasore, June 2: India is strengthening its defence system gradually and is slowly turning into one of the most powerful countries in the world. New Delhi in recent years has developed several nuclear-capable missiles which can bring disaster to someone who tries to attack India. India achieved a new milestone on Friday after it successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army.

The indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha at around 9.50 am. Importantly, the trial of the sophisticated missile was successful and the objectives mission was met successfully.

Notably, the nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile can carry 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy. The surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile is a joint initiative of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

Interestingly, the first test-fire of the missile was held in Chandipur long back on January 27, 1996. The single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II stands at a height of 8.56 meters with a diameter of 110 centimeters and weighs about 4,600 kilograms.

The Prithvi-II missile is made of aluminum alloy and with its wings fashioned from magnesium, has been already inducted into the 333-missile regiment of the Indian Army in the year 2003. This nuclear-capable missile has the capability to carry a payload of up to 1,000 kg but if the same was reduced by half so that the striking range could be enhanced. In salvo mode, two Prithvi-II missiles were successfully test fired in quick succession from the same base, on November 21, 2016.

Interestingly, India has already successfully test-fired several series of Agni such as Agni-III, Agni-V missile, Agni-I, Agni-II etc. These missiles can easily destroy neighbour countries who try to harm the dignity of the country or possesses a threat.