DRDO likely to test Prithvi-II on Monday

     The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is likely to nuclear capable, surface-to-surface short range ballistic missile (SRBM) Prithvi-II from the integrated test range (ITR) here on Monday. Prithvi- II, a highly sophisticated single stage liquid propelled missile, is equipped with inertial navigation system. According to DRDO sources, the test will be part of the user's trial, which will be conducted by a special contingent raised by the Army. Range preparations at ITR have reached final stage for the trial and if everything proceeds in the right direction, the exercise would be carried out on Monday, the sources added. Prithvi- II missile is single stage liquid propelled and is equipped with inertial navigation system. The missile, which is about nine metres in length and one metre in width can carry conventional as well as nuclear warheads and has a range of 350 kilometres. Prithvi is India 's first indigenously built ballistic missile. It is one of five missiles being developed under Integrated Missile Development Programme (IMDP). Prithvi- II is capable of carrying a payload of between 500 kg and one tonne, including nuclear weapons. Two versions of the missile have been inducted into the Army and Air Force.

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