"I extend my heartiest congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of India's indigenously developed Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile," the President said in a message to Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development.

This significant scientific breakthrough has given a commendable boost to our efforts to step up indigenisation and improve self-reliance in our defence capabilities, he said.

Modi said in his message "I congratulate the hard work of our scientists that has been instrumental in the successful test fire of Prithvi-II missile".

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a military base in Odisha on Friday.

The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar.

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