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June 9 Prithvi II Test A Roaring Success

June 12, 2011

Indian Prithvi 2

The crown jewel of India’s missile arsenal performed brilliantly on Thursday as it engaged a fictitious target in the Bay of Bengal. The Prithvi II surface-to-surface missile is a nuclear capable short-range affair that can be armed with a 1,000 kilogram warhead–equal to 2,200 pounds of high explosive.

The launch was carried out at the Intermediate Test Range at nine in the morning. Once the missile was in midair, a battery of radars and tracking systems charted its path toward the target, which it engaged within a 10 meter radius.

According to sources, the strategic missile reached its pre-defined target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high accuracy of better than 10 meters. All the radars, electro-optical systems located along the coast had tracked and monitored the missile throughout the flight path. A ship of the Indian Navy stationed near the target witnessed the final event.

So far, this is the fourth test of the new Prithvi II missile in two years. The Deccan Herald reports:

The indigenously developed  sophisticated missile, which has a capability to hit a target at a distance of 350 kms carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warheads up to 500 kg, was test fired from the launch pad number three of the Interim Test Range (ITR) at around 9 am. The test launch of the missile was carried out as part of a regular training exercise of the Indian Armed Forces.

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