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N-Capable Prithvi-Ii Missile Fired Up

India Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a test range in Odisha, an official said. The 350-km range missile blasted off from the launch complex No.III at the Integrated Test Range [ITR] of Chandipur in Balasore district, around 230 km from here. 'The test was successful,' ITR director M V K V Prasad said. The launch was carried out by the Indian armed forces, as part of user trial, and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research & Development Organisation [DRDO]. 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 Programme.

The medium-range missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and reaching a peak altitude of 43.5 km, has the capability to carry a 500-kg warhead. Prithvi uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and comes within metres of its target.

The missile has been successfully flight tested in the past on a number of times as part of the training exercise.
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