Surface-to-Surface missile "Prithvi" testfired

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Balasore, Orissa, May 23 (UNI) India today successfully testfired the indigenously built medium range surface-to-surface missile ''Prithvi'' from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 kms from here.

According to ITR sources, the missile, developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), was testfired from a mobile launcher from the Launch Complex-III at ITR at 1030 hours.

The 200-250 km range Prithvi, designed for quick manoeuverability and war-time efficiency, soared into the clear blue sky hitting the built-up target.

ITR sources further said the missile could be used as a tactical battlefield weapon. Although it has a range of 250 km with a 700 kg warhead, the payload could be increased to 1,000 kg.

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