The test was part of the regular training exercise by the Indian armed forces.

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news Missile Test Friday, June 02, 2017 - 16:32

India on Friday successfully test fired its indigenous nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

The surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR at around 9.50 a.m., official sources said.

The test was part of the regular training exercise by the Indian armed forces. 

The launch was carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC), which was monitored by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the sources added.

The Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The missile was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003.

It is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Earlier this year, on April 27, 2017, India had successfully test-fired its intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

The missile has a strike range of 3,000 km to 5,000 km and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes.

The missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine. The missile is 17 metres long, with two-metre diameter, and weighs around 2,200 kg.

The missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011.

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