Dhanush, Prithvi missiles test-fired

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on November 12, 2017 Published on March 12, 2011


Defence scientists on Friday successfully test-fired Dhanush and Prithvi missiles off the coast of Orissa.

The ship-launched Dhanush missile, was test fired from the Indian Navy's ship INS Suvarna around 10.03 a.m. It is a missile targeted against surface and sea targets, scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on Friday.

All the radars and electro optical systems located along the coast tracked the vehicle and monitored all the parameters. The ship located near the impact point also witnessed the final event. The missile reached the target point with a very high accuracy of less than few meters.

The surface to surface Prithvi (P-II) missile was also flight tested at 11 a.m. from the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the Orissa coast within one hour of the Dhanush Missile test, the DRDO said in a press release.

The trajectory of the missile was also monitored by all the telemetry, radars and electro optical systems all through the flight.

Prithvi(P-II) reached the designated target with accuracy of few meters, which can be achieved by very few missiles in the world.

The down range ship at the impact location witnessed the final event , the DRDO claimed. Both Dhanush and Prithvi missiles were launched by the Strategic Force Command as part of the regular user training exercise.

The two missiles were test-fired within five days of the successful demonstration of Ballistic Air Defence Missile System on March 6, by DRDO.

The Scientific Advisior to Raksha Mantri and DRDO chief, Dr V.K. Saraswat witnessed both the launches from ITR, Balasore.

The Defence Minister, Mr A.K. Antony, congratulated all the DRDO Scientists, technicians, Quality Agency and Armed Forces for the successful launch of the two missiles, the release added.

Published on March 12, 2011
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