Defence sources said the training launch of Prithvi II, which was inducted into Strategic Force Command (SFC) in 2003, clearly indicate the country’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality besides establishing the reliability of this deterrent component of India’s strategic arsenal. Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the country’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and is now a proven technology. The missile is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory.
The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC as part of a regular training exercise. It was monitored by DRDO scientists. The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted from the same base on Jan 7, 2014. (PTI)