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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

India test-fires two Prithvi-II ballistic missiles

BALASORE Dec 22 : India Wednesday tested two nuclear capable Prithvi-II missiles within a gap of one hour from two mobile launchers stationed in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Orissa coast.

Both the missiles were launched from the launching complex in Chandipur-on-sea, nearly 15 km from Balasore. Mounted on two Mobile Tatra transporter-erector Launchers (MTL) the indigenously developed surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) were launched one after another.

The total launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Command while the DRDO provided all logistic supports. The two missiles aimed at two different targets, met all the mission objectives. It was a copy book success," said ITR director S P Dash.

"The tests were conducted as part of the operational exercises. Two naval ships located at the impact points tracked and monitored both the missiles hitting the targets very accurately. All the radars and other sensors along the east coast also monitored the missiles trajectory parameters," he informed.

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