Successful training launch of Prithvi-2 at Chandipur, Odisha

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Prithvi-2 was successfully trained on 10 January 2023 from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the Odisha coast.

An overview of the news

  • Prithvi-II is an indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) with a range of approximately 250-350 km. and it can carry one ton payload.

  • The Prithvi-II class is a single-stage liquid-fueled missile with a payload of 500–1000 kg. has warhead mounting capability.

  • The missile system is capable of hitting targets with a very high degree of accuracy.

  • The state-of-the-art missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with an efficient trajectory to hit its target.

  • It was initially developed for the Indian Air Force as the primary user and was later inducted into the Indian Army as well.

  • While the missile was first inducted into India's Strategic Forces Command in 2003, it was the first missile developed under the IGMDP.

Five missiles developed under IGMDP

  • The 5 missiles (P-A-T-N-A) developed under this program are:

  • Prithvi: Short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

  • Agni: Surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile i.e. Agni (1,2,3,4,5).

  • Trishul: Short-range surface-to-air missile.

  • Nag: Third generation anti-tank missile.

  • Akash: Medium-range surface-to-air missile.

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