India Test Fires Second Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile in a Week

February 9, 2018

The Diplomat:

For the second time in just a week, India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has test launched a short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile as part of its annual training cycle to test the combat readiness of the Indian Army’s missile forces.

The Prithvi-II tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Dr. Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on February 7, according to defense sources speaking to local media.

The Prithvi-II, purportedly randomly selected from the Indian Army’s existing stockpile, was launched from a transporter erector launcher. The test was overseen by the SFC and the defense ministry’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

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