Defence News: A sophisticated Indian tactical Prithvi-II missile capable of carrying 500-1000 kg warhead has been tested successfully from Chandipur, Odisha. The missile features liquid propelled twin engine configuration, guided by inertial systems and capable of maneuvering trajectory to avoid anti missile systems and enable target changes in flight. The advanced missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was tested from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore at around 9:50 am, as per official sources.
The first missile was fired at about 9.37 AM and the second one at 9.38 AM. The test of the missile was in back-to-back salvo mode from two mobile launchers. The system was Mounted on two Mobile Tatra Transporter-erector Launchers (MTL). “Though earlier we had tested the Prithvi missile in salvo mode, but for the first time it was test-fired one after another in quick succession. It was a copy book success,” An official said. Defence sources said, it was a test from the limited series production (LSP) series. “The missiles used for the test were picked up randomly from the production lot and were launched with indigenously developed inertial navigation system. “The flight paths of the missiles were smooth in accordance with predesignated coordinates. The missiles covered desired distance in less than five minutes. Both the missiles covered same distance because all the mission parameters like elevation, trajectory, azimuth and stage separation were in one coordination,” he further said.
It was the strategic command of the Indian army that conducted the test, so it was a user trial. The missile was inducted in 2002. Prithvi is the first missile developed under Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). It has a length of nine meters with one meter diameter propelled by liquid twin engine and uses Advanced Inertial Guidance System with maneuvering trajectory and reaches the targets with accuracy. The missile has a capability to dive at the target on a 80 degree angle. It can carry nuclear or conventional warhead. Given it’s short range it’s best used as a tactical weapon.