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India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range in Odisha.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
Inducted into the Armed forces of the country in 2003, the nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)
Prithvi-II is indigenously developed and is nuclear-capable surface-to-surface. With a strike range of 350 km. The state-of-the-art missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads and is trusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.