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Indian DRDO To Test Fire Three Missiles Shourya –Prithvi-II And Agni-II

Prithvi-II

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will test-fire
three surface-to-surface missiles, which can carry nuclear weapons,
from Orissa’s coast.

Hypersonic missile Shourya (valour), which can also carry conventional
warheads, will be test-fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur
near Balasore.

This will be followed by the launch of Prithvi-II on September 26, also
from Chandipur, and Agni-II on September 30 from the Wheeler Island off
Damra.

It will be the third launch of Shourya, which can fly at six-seven times
the speed of sound (Mach 6 to 7) at low altitudes. The first launch was
on November 12, 2008, and
the second was kept a secret. It
is the land-variant of underwater-launched missile K-15 that is being
fitted into nuclear-powered submarine Arihant. K-15 is already under
production.
DRDO missile technologists said the Saturday launch of Shourya
would be “a proving trial with the user’s [Services’] participation.”
Since the first two launches were successful, the missile would be
inducted into the Army if this flight too turned out to be a success.
There would be no change in the configuration of the missile that can
hit targets 750 km away.

Avinash Chander, Chief Controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems),
DRDO, said the final version of Shourya was picked up from the
production lot for the trial.

A highly manoeuvrable, two-stage missile, it can be launched at
different altitudes, and even from a canister. Its manoeuvrability makes
it less vulnerable to the present-day anti-missile defence systems.

S.K. Chaudhuri, Associate Director of the Research Centre, Imarat (RCI)
in Hyderabad, said the reliability and the final design of Shourya would
be tested on Saturday. A test was conducted at the RCI’s simulation
laboratory under his supervision. “The simulation has shown good
results, according to our expectations,” he said.

The sleek, single-stage Prithvi-II is an Air Force version. With a range of 250 km, it can carry warheads weighing 500 kg. 

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