A user trial of the indigenously built Prithivi-II surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile was conducted twice between 7 pm and 7.15 pm on Wednesday from the launch complex-III of the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in the district.
The nuke capable missile has range of 350 km and having capacity of carrying payloads between 500 to1, 000 kg was successfully test fired in quick succession within a span of 15 minutes. The test was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) with the support of ITR scientists, said sources.
The missile is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target, the sources added.
The missile trajectory was tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha, sources said.
The downrange teams on board the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal monitored the terminal events and splashdown.
The last test of the missile had been conducted on June 27, 2019.