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India conducts 2nd flight test of Pralay missile

For the first time, two consecutive flight tests of a ballistic missile have been conducted successfully on two consecutive days, the Defence Ministry said. 

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New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday successfully conducted a second flight-test of indigenously developed conventional surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’ from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. 

For the first time, two consecutive flight tests of a ballistic missile have been conducted successfully on two consecutive days, the Defence Ministry said. 

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“The flight test met all the mission objectives. This launch proves the system in both the configurations of the missile,” a statement said. 

In Thursday’s launch, the missile was tested for heavier payload and different range to prove the precision and lethality of the weapon. 

The launch was monitored by all the range sensors and instruments including Telemetry, Radar and Electro-Optic Tracking System deployed across the eastern coast and the down range ships positioned near the impact point. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and associated teams for the successful development flight trial. 

The Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, G Satheesh Reddy, the successful test had proved the country’s strong design and development capabilities.

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