The surface to surface Prithvi (P-II) Missile was successfully flight tested on 9th June 2011 at 9 A.M from Launch Complex-III, ITR Chandipur, Balasore District, Orissa. The launch was carried out as part of the regular training exercise of the Armed Forces, DRDO said in an official released issued on June 9.
Prithvi-II, the first indigenous surface to surface strategic Missile, capable of attacking targets at ranges of 350 kms, reached the predefined target in the Bay of Bengal with a very high accuracy of better than 10 meters. All the radars, electro optical systems located along the coast have tracked and monitored the missile throughout the flight path. An Indian Naval ship located near the target witnessed the final event.
The entire launch operations of the missile were carried by the armed forces, monitored by the scientists of DRDO. The flight test of the Prithvi-II met all the Mission objectives and was like a text book launch. Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Defence R&D, witnessed the launch operations and congratulated the Armed Forces and Scientists for the successful flight test. V.L.N. Rao, Programme Director AD, S.K. Ray, Director RCI, top officials of Strategic Force Command (SFC) and DRDO were present during the mission.
(Posted by Abraham V. Kuruvilla, intern with Tarmak007.
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