Prithvi-2 missile, capable of carrying nukes, blasts off from Odisha in user trial

Prithvi-2 missile trial

On Friday, DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) successfully directed another night trial of its Prithvi-2 missile with nuclear-capability as part of their user trial for the Indian armed forces from a test range in Odisha. User trial on Friday evening was carried out by the SFC (Strategic Force Command), people familiar with the matter said.

Prithvi-2 is a surface to surface missile with nuclear capabilities

The liquid-propelled Prithvi-2 is a surface to surface missile has a range of 250 km and can carry a 1 tonne warhead. The Prithvi-2 missile is 9-metre tall is the very first to have been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme by DRDO. It is country’s first indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile.

This is DRDO’s 11th flight test for missiles in two months

The trajectory of the Prithvi-2 missiles during user trial on Friday’s evening was tracked by a battery of long-range, multi-function radars and electro-optic telemetry stations at various locations. On 27 September, The DRDO had quietly carried out another round of night user trial of the nuclear missile. Current critical situation on LAC in eastern Ladakh is the reason for the extensive flight testing of various missiles by DRDO.

The flight test of the surface-to-surface Prithvi-2 nuclear missile is the 11th missile test by DRDO, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation in 2 months. The last one trial of Nirbhay cruise missile  didn’t ended very well and had to be aborted under 8 minutes from the start of the trial from Odisha’s test facility into the Bay of Bengal.

The state-of-the-art missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target. The Prithvi-2 nuclear missile met all parameters during the user trials that were directed on Friday evening, a senior government official said. “The night trial was successful,” the Government official said.

 

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