Prithvi-II User Trial Successful
By Hemant Kumar Rout | Published: 08th January 2014 10:51 AM |
A missile unit of the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on Tuesday successfully conducted a user trial of surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base off the Odisha coast culminating its on-going strategic training exercise.
Equipped with state-of-art guidance system the missile with a dummy payload was launched from the launching complex III (LC-III) of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at about 9.50 am in full operational configuration as a part of a scenario based live launch training exercise.
An SFC spokesperson said the launch was conducted as a culmination to a strategic training exercise. "The aim of this exercise was to validate our readiness by undertaking launches in various contingencies. The launch was flawless and achieved all its targets and technical parameters set out for the training exercise," said the spokesperson.
A naval ship located at the impact point tracked and monitored the missile hitting the target very accurately. All the radars and other sensors along the east coast also monitored the missile trajectory parameters.
Prithvi missiles are indigenously produced and equipped with improved high accuracy navigation and manoeuvring system. Inducted into India's Strategic Forces Command in 2003, these missiles are first of their kind to be developed under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) strengthening India's nuclear deterrence.
"The entire flight path of the missile was smooth in accordance with pre-decided coordinates. The missile covered about 310 km within 407 seconds," said a reliable source after the post mission analysis.
Defence sources said the missile was taken from the production lot. The missile used for the test was picked up randomly from the assembly line after production and launched with inertial navigation system. It has achieved single digit accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability (CEP).
Having a strike range of 350 km, Prithvi-II missile has the capability to carry 500 kg warhead. It has a length of nine meters with one-meter diameter. It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engine and uses Advanced Inertial Guidance System (AIGS) with manoeuvring trajectory and reaches the targets with a few meters accuracy.
The missile weighing around 4.6 tonne uses an inertial guidance system with reasonably good accuracy and the warhead uses a radar correlation terminal guidance system. It can be taken close to the forward line over any kind of terrain.