Prithvi is a short range tactical surface to surface ballistic missile developed by DRDO. The Missile has been deployed by India’s strategic forces command.
Prithvi was the first missile developed under integrated guided missile development programme started in 1983.
Prithvi missile series uses either liquid or both liquid and solid fuels and are capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear warhead.
Prithvi missile project has three variants for use by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy.
The three variants variants of Prithvi missile series that have been developed viz. Prithvi I, Prithvi II, Prithvi III.
- Prithvi I (SS-150) – Army version (150 km) range with a payload of 1,000 kg
- Prithvi II (SS-250) – Air Force version (350 km) range with a payload of 500 kg
- Prithvi III (SS-350) – Naval version (350 km ) range with a payload of 1,000 kg
- 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.