India test-fires Prithvi-II missile



India on Friday test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a military base in Odisha, an official said.
The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Balasore District, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar.
“It was a perfect launch. It met all mission objectives,” Test Range Director MVKV Prasad told IANS.
The strategic forces command (SFC) of the Indian Army conducted the test as part of a regular training exercise, he said.
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 battlefield missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 km, can carry a 500-kg warhead.
The missile has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target within a few metres of accuracy.