The C Times, 2 June 2017, Agartala: The trail launch of the Indigenous Prithvi-II Warhead Missile has been successfully accomplished. On 1st June, Friday at 9:50 am the missile was launched as a test fire to study its precision and accuracy towards a target and so far the official word goes,“the trial of the sophisticated missile was successful and the mission objectives were met, they said”. The Prithivi-II Warhead is a surface to surface missile that can have an effective accurate even when launched from 350KM away from the target.
The target practice of this sophisticated and powerful missile took place at Chandipur near Balasore which is in Orissa. The launch was done from a mobile base namely Complex-3 situated at the Integrated Test Range to study its mobility.
As far as the details of the Prithivi-II warhead missile goes, it can deliver a payload from 500Kg to an astonishing 1000Kg. And to power this missile from such a huge distance, it is equipped with a liquid propulsion twin engine that delivers speed and stability while the missile is in flight. And to guide the missile to its target it is equipped with an advanced inertial guidance system to deliver the missile with maximum accuracy to avoid any further collateral damage.
The production of the missile was in progress for a long time. And so one of the missiles has been chosen randomly to test fire which turned out to be a huge success. This whole process of the Prithivi-II launch was taken over by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) which was monitored by the scientist of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to further study any improvement which might be required.
The 9meter, single stage liquid fuelled missile was first introduced in the army on 2003 and since then it has seen many changes. And now switching to a liquid propulsion twin engine which delivered a great spec addition to the missile.
The sources also said that “The missile trajectory was tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,”.This was done through a study by the team which was on the board of the ship. They monitored the terminal events and splashdown of that deployment near the designated place which was at the Bay of Bengal.
Since the last successful event on November 21, 2016, when the Prithivi II Warhead was test fired for the first time, this is the second time India has test fired the missile with new changes which was successful.