DRDO successfully test fires enhanced Pinaka Rockets

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired an extended range version of “Pinaka” rocket. Test fire was carried at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha on June 25.

Highlights

  • DRDO test-fired 25 Enhanced Pinaka Rockets in quick succession against targets at different ranges.
  • This 122 mm Caliber rockets were launched with the help of Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL).
  • To check accuracy of rockets hitting the target, all flight articles were tracked by various Range instruments.

About Enhanced Pinaka Rocket System

The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System has been developed by Pune based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL). They got manufacturing support from Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. Enhanced Systems can destroy targets kept at distances up to 45 kilometres. These systems were developed to achieve longer range performance.

About Pinaka

It is an indigenous multi-barrel rocket launch system. It was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Indian Army. Its weapon system comprises of state-of-the-art guidance kit which is bolstered by advanced navigation and control system. Navigation system of this missile is aided by Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). Initial version of weapon system was called Mark I, which had the range of 40 km. This range was increased up to 70 to 80 kms in upgraded missile called Pinaka Mark II.

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