Prithvi- 2 missile reaches target in 483 seconds

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Hyderabad, May 23 (UNI) The extended range Prithvi - 2 missile, testfired successfully from the Launch Complex of Integrated Test Range (ITR) by Army at Balasore coast today, reached its target of 350 km in 483 seconds.

The improved aided navigation has brought the accuracy of the missile to a single digit at a far off range of 350 km. The missile's in-flight manoeuvers and the unique trajectory makes it difficult for detection and engagement by Ballistic Missile Defence System, sources said.

The Naval team, located at down range ships, witnessed the impact of the missile at the target point, confirming a very high degree of accuracy.

The Prithvi missile was the first indigenously-designed and developed missile by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that has been inducted into all the three services-- Army, Navy and Air Force.

Top DRDO officials, Chief Controller (R and D) Dr V K Saraswat, who was also the designer of Prithvi Missile system, ITR Director SP Dash, DRDL Director P Venugopalan and other senior scientists were present during the trial, an official release said.

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