India laddering up in terms of nuclear capabilities with successful test launch of the indigenous nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
The Prithvi – II missile is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kg warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out 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 officials. This test adds up to the growing push by the Indian armed forces to modernize and strengthen their ranks amidst the trend of nuclear capability trot out all over the globe.
Of recent, India has successfully test-fired air-to-air beyond-visual-range missiles from the LCA [Light combat aircraft] Tejas. Just before that it had also conducted user trials of the Agni-II missile, also in Odisha. Prithvi II is the upgraded version of Prithvi missile and the entire class is named after Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan. Prithvi was initially a single-stage liquid-fuelled missile that can carry a warhead of upto 500 kg over a distance of 250 km. But now the range is closer to 350 km, while the warhead capacity is anywhere between 500 kg and 1,000 kg.
This was the first project developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) and the test was monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of a training exercise. In salvo mode, two Prithvi-II missiles were successfully test fired in quick succession from the same base, on November 21, 2016.