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Prithvi-2 missilePrelims Only

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Prithvi Missiles

Mains level : Integrated Guided Missile Development Program



India successfully conducted another night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile as part of a user trial for the armed forces..

Prithvi-2

  • Prithvi-2 is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilograms of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines.
  • It has a strike range of 350 kilometres.
  • It uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory to hit its target.

Back2Basics

Prithvi Missiles

  • Prithvi is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • Prithvi was the first missile to be developed under the program. DRDO attempted to build a surface-to-air missile under Project Devil.
  • It is deployed by India’s Strategic Forces Command.
  • The Prithvi missile project encompassed developing three variants for use by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy:
  1. Prithvi I (SS-150) – Army version (150 km (93 mi) range with a payload of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb))
  2. Prithvi II (SS-250) – Air Force version (350 km (220 mi)[4] range with a payload of 500 kg (1,100 lb))
  3. Prithvi III (SS-350) – Naval version (350 km (220 mi) range with a payload of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb))

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