Two numbers of operationalised Prithvi (P-II) Missiles were successfully launched within minutes of each other, by the Armed Forces as part of the operational exercises. The two launches took place at 10.30 AM from the launch pad at ITR, Chandipur, Balasore district. The two missiles aimed at two different targets at 350 Kms from the launch point, met all the mission objectives.
Two Naval ships located at the targets, tracked and monitored both the missiles hitting the targets very accurately. All the Radars and other sensors along the East coast monitored the Missiles trajectory parameter.
Prithvi, the first missile developed under IGMDP programme, has the capability to carry 500 Kg of warhead, has a length of Nine metres with one metre diameter thrusted by Liquid propulsion twin engine. It uses Advanced Inertial Guidance System with manoeuvring trajectory and reaches the targets with a few metre accuracy.
Both the missiles were from the stock of Armed Forces and the total launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Comand. The launches were witnessed by Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri, Dr. VK Saraswat, Lt Gen BS Nagal, CNC, Strategic Force Command, Lt Gen VK Singh, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, Sri Avinash Chander, Director ASL, Shri SK Ray, Director RCI, Shri SP Dash, Director ITR, Shri VLN Rao, Programmed Director, Maj Gen (Retd) R Khetrapal, CMD, BDL and other top DRDO Scientists.