New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has successfully test-fired two nuclear capable Prithvi II missiles, in a demonstration of reliability of its nuclear arsenal. The two surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs) were fired back to back in salvo mode from two mobile launchers off the coast of Odisha from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
The single-stage liquid-fueled Prithvi II missile was inducted into the Indian armed force in 2003 and is India's first missile to be developed by the state owned Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
India has lined up two more nuclear-capable missile tests this week. They include the more sophisticated Advanced Air Defense (AAD) interceptor which is capable of destroying incoming enemy missiles of more than 2,000 km range and the Agni-I with a 700 km range. Agni-I and AAD interceptor will be launched from LC-IV in the Abdul Kalam Island in full operational configuration on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.