India successfully test-fired two types of short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday morning, local media reported .
A surface-to-surface Prithvi-2 with the range of nearly 295 kilometers, was test-fired at around 05:48 hours from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore district of the eastern state of Orissa, the Press Trust of India quoted a defense source as saying.
Its flying trajectory was closely tracked and recorded by a battery of sophisticated long-range multi-functional radars at different locations for further improving its operational performance, said the report.
A single-stage liquid-propelled anti-ship Dhanush, naval version of Prithvi with the range of 350 kilometers, was launched at 05:44 hours from a warship off the Orissa coast, and two naval warships anchored near the impact point to monitor the splash, according to the source.
The test of Dhanush was part of the naval training exercise, and mainly to evaluate its precision strike capability, said defense source.
Single-stage Prithvi-2 , first tested in 1996, capable of carrying a conventional or nuclear warhead, has already been deployed in the Army, which wanted to strengthen its ballsitic missiles' operational capability by using more advanced technology.
It was the first time for the Indian Armed forces to launch two ballistic missiles in a day since the beginning of this month.
On March 21, India successfully test-fired a vertical-launch version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the Orissa coast. However, its indigenous anti-missile system failed to track and intercept a mocked ballistic missile in the test on March 15.