Military Capabilities

India test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi II SRBM

22 February 2018

India successfully conducted a night-time test-launch of its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi II short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) to a range of 350 km off the country’s east coast on 21 February.

Official sources told Jane’s that Indian Army (IA) personnel from the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the 9 m-long, liquid-fuelled, surface-to-surface missile at around 2030 h (local time) from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, eastern India.

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which designed the SRBM, said the tested missile had been selected randomly from the production lot of public-sector company Bharat Dynamics Limited, which manufactures the missile in Hyderabad, southern India.

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