Prithvi-II Missile

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    • India successfully carried out a test launch of tactical ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a test range off the Odisha coast.

    About Prithvi-II Missile

    • Prithvi-II is an indigenously developed Surface-to-Surface Missile Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM). 
    • It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
      • Background: Prithvi-II was first tested in 1996 and was inducted into the Indian armed forces in 2003. 
    • The missile is powered by light propulsion twin engines. 
    • It has a range of around 350 km and can carry 500-1,000 kg of warheads.
    • It uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.
    • A well-established system, the Prithvi-II missile has been an integral part of India’s nuclear deterrence. 

    Source: FE