Twin Trial of Prithvi-II Missile Successfull (Download PDF)

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India test-fired indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. Along with Prithvi-II, the two other tests missiles are:

  • Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor capable of destroying incoming enemy missiles with more than 2,000 km range.
  • The Agni-I with a 700 km range.
Prithvi-II missile successfully conducted by India

Prithvi-II Missile Successfully Conducted by India

Prithvi-II missile successfully conducted by India

Specifications of Prithvi-II Missile

  • Strike range - 350 km
  • Length - Nine meters
  • Diameter - One meter
  • Launch weight - 4.6 ton
  • Propellant - Liquid
  • Engine - Single-stage liquid fuel dual motor (Prithvi I, Prithvi II), Single-stage solid motor (Prithvi III)
  • Operational range - 150 km (Prithvi I) 250 - 350 km (Prithvi II) 350 - 600 km (Prithvi III)
  • Guidance system - strap-down inertial guidance
  • Launch platform - 8 x 8 Tata Transporter Erector launcher
  • Warhead - Both conventional and nuclear
  • Trusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
  • Uses Advanced Inertial Guidance System (AIGS) with trajectory maneuvering to accurately hit targets.
  • Developed under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)
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Variants of Missile

The Prithvi missile project includes developing three variants for use by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy.

The initial project framework of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program outlines the variants in the following manner.

  • Prithvi I (SS-150) – Army version (150 km range with a payload of 1,000 kg)
  • Prithvi II (SS-250) – Air Force version (350 km range with a payload of 500 kg)
  • Prithvi III (SS-350) – Naval version (350 km range with a payload of 1,000 kg)

- Published/Last Modified on: November 21, 2016

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