India today successfully conducted user trial of indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile, from a test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast.The state-of-the-art missile, which is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kg of warheads, was test-fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch pad number 3 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 9.19 this morning.
The launch of the sophisticated missile was conducted as part of operational exercise by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Defence services. Prithvi-II has a strike range of 350 km and is 8.56 metres in length, 110 cm in girth and weighs 4,600 kg. It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. The Prithvi-II missile, developed by the DRDO, has already inducted into the Indian Armed forces.