Prithvi II surface-to-surface missile
THE INDIAN military successfully tested two short-range nuclear-capable missiles from a facility in the east of the country today, a defence research official told reporters. The domestically-developed Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missiles were tested as part of a routine exercise at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur-on-sea in the state of Orissa, SP Dash, the range director, said.The Prithvi-II missile has a range of 350 km (220 miles) and can carry a conventional or nuclear payload.The weapon was last tested from same launch site on September 24 this year, when it failed due to technical problems.“Prithvi-II missile had proved its robustness and accuracy repeatedly during many trials earlier,” a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official told reporters. The drill followed a test yesterday by Pakistan, which successfully fired a medium-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile.
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