India successfully testfires 2 Prithvi-II nuclear capable ballistic missiles

13:52, December 22, 2010      

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India Wednesday successfully testfired two nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Prithvi-II ballistic missiles off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, official sources said.

"Both the missiles were tested successfully from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district off the Orissa coast at 08:15 a.m. and 09:15 a.m. respectively. The missiles, which have already been inducted into Indian armed forces, were a users trial by the Indian Army," the sources said.

Prithvi, the first ballistic missile developed under the country's prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, is propelled by liquid propulsion twin engine and capable of carrying a payload of 500-1,000 kg warhead.

With a length of nine-meter and one-meter diameter, Prithvi-II uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory.

Source: Xinhua

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