Short-range ballistic missile Prithvi-II successfully tested

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India successfully launched the Prithvi-II short-range ballistic missile in the night on June 15 from an integrated test range at Chandipur in Odisha.

  • Prithvi-II Missile

  • It is an indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile, which has a range of about 250 km and can carry one tonne of payload.

  • It was developed by DRDO and first used by the Indian Air Force.

  • It is a proven system and is capable of hitting targets with a very high degree of accuracy.

  • The user training launch successfully validated all operational and technical parameters of the missile.

  • Prithvi Missiles of India

  • Prithvi missile is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

  • Prithvi was the first missile to be developed under this programme.

  • Three variants of Prithvi Missiles

  1. Prithvi-I - Army version -150 km range with a payload of 1,000 kg.

  2. Prithvi II – Air Force version 250-350 km range with a payload of 500 kg

  3. Prithvi III – Naval version 350 km range with a payload of 1,000 kg

  • The Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)

  • It was started by the Government of India in 1982-83, it included the following projects -

  1. Prithvi - Short range surface to surface missile

  2. Trishul - Short range surface to air missile

  3. Aakash - Medium range surface to air missile

  4. Nag - Third generation anti-tank missile

  5. Agni-I -Agni missile was later separated from the IGMDP due to its strategic importance

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