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India test fires nuclear-capable Prithvi II ballistic missile


August 25, 2012 - Balasore

India has test fired Prithvi-II ballistic missile from the Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army. The missile has nuclear capability and is indigenously developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 kg of nuclear and conventional warheads. The 9 metre missile has a liquid propulsion twin engine and has a strike range of 350 km.

The missile was test fired at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore off the Odisha coast at about 11:03 am. The test was earlier scheduled to be held on Friday but was postponed following technical snags in the subsystem.

The Prithvi missile project has 3 variants which are used by Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. The Prithvi I missile is used by Army, Prithvi II missile by the Air Force and Prithvi III by the Navy.

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