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India Test-Fires Nuke Capable Ballistic Missile

June 10, 2011

(RTTNews) – India on Thursday successfully test-fired a nuclear capable ballistic missile from a test range in the country’s eastern state of Orissa as part of the user’s trial by the Indian Army.

“The indigenously developed missile mounted on a mobile launcher was test-fired from the launch complex-3 in the Integrated Test Range at around 0905 hours and the trial was fully successful,” the Press Trust of India news agency reported quoting defense sources. Earlier also, the Prithvi-II missile had proved its “robustness and accuracy” repeatedly during many trials, said an official of India’s Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO).

“Taken from routine production lot during earlier user’s trials by the Indian Army, the missile had achieved single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP),” the official said.

Prithvi-II with features to deceive any anti-ballistic missiles had demonstrated flight duration of 483 seconds reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 kilometer in the 2008 user’s trial.

Prithvi is India’s first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

Prithvi-II, already inducted into the Indian Army, is nine meters long and one meter wide. It is also a single stage liquid-fueled missile with a maximum warhead mounting capability of 500 kilogram, but with an extended range of 250 kilometer, say defense analysts.

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