The Prithvi-II missile takes off
from the interim test range at Balasore in Orissa on Monday.
Monday successfully test fired Prithvi-II -- its indigenously
developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile -- from a test range
in Orissa, an official said.
It has a maximum range of 350 km.
The missile blasted off from launch complex No.III at the
Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur in Balasore district,
around 230 km from here.
The launch was carried out by the Indian armed forces, as part of
regular training exercise, and monitored by the scientists of
Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
"It was a fantastic launch. The missile met all the mission
objectives and it was a perfect text-book launch," S.P. Dash,
director of the test range, told IANS.
The missile reached its predefined target in the Bay of Bengal
with very high accuracy.
All the radars and electro-optical systems along the coast have
monitored the missile throughout its flight path, Dash said and
added that an Indian Navy ship near the target witnessed the final
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 medium-range missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and
reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a
Prithvi uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring
capabilities and comes within metres of its target.
The missile has been successfully flight tested in the past on a
number of times as part of the training exercise.
India successfully test fired Shourya, its surface-to-surface
ballistic missile, from the same test base Saturday.