On October 16, 2020, India successfully conducted the night trial of indigenously developed Nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 Missile at the Integrated Test Range (IPR), Balasore, Odisha. Prithvi-2 is a surface-to-surface Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM).
This is the second night trial of the missile, the First Trial of Prithvi-2 was tested successfully after sunset on September 23, 2020.
The launch was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
i.It was developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and is deployed by SFC.
ii.It has a range of 350 Kilometres and is capable of carrying 500-1, 000 Kilograms of Nuclear warheads.
iii.It is a single stage Missile and is powered by Liquid Propulsion Single Engines.
iv.The missile uses an Advanced Inertial Guidance System with a maneuvering trajectory to hit its target.
v.The missile has been inducted into the armory of Indian Defence Forces in 2003, and was the first missile to have been developed by DRDO under IGMDP.
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About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi