India sucessfully test-fires 2 N-capable missiles
Posted on: 10:49 AM IST Mar 11, 2011
Balasore: India on Friday successfully test-fired its homegrown nuclear-capable Prithvi II and Dhanush missiles, a defence official said.
The Prithvi II surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 350 km was launched from Chandipur, some 230 km from Orissa capital Bhubaneswar. Dhanush, the naval version of Prithvi with the same range, was launched from a naval ship off the Orissa coast.
"Both were fantastic missions, 100 per cent successful," ITR director SP Dash told, adding that the tests were carried out as part of training exercises.
Prithvi is India's first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
The missile, with a flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500 kg warhead.
Prithvi, which has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles, uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target with a few metres of accuracy.
The Dhanush was launched at 10.03 am from a warship that was anchored off the Puri coast, Dash said.
Prithvi II' was test-fired from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at about 10.50 am, he added.