Prithvi (Sanskrit: पृथ्वी, pṛthvī “Earth”) is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). It is deployed by India’s Strategic Forces Command.The missile, capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads, was inducted in the Indian Army in 2003.
India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile and thus added a new chapter to its on-going strategic defence programme by successfully test-firing the army version of short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base located in Odisha’s Balasore district, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the army.
It has been designed to operate with both liquid and solid fuels and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads.
The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at 12:10 hrs,Thursday.
“The trial data of the missile conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) shows positive results,” said a defence source.
“The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise,” a defence scientist said.
The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 19, 2015 from the same test range in Odisha.