India test-fires enhanced version of PINAKA rocket system

New Delhi (NVI): In another achievement, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test-fired an enhanced version of PINAKA Rocket System developed by it from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

Development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to earlier design with reduced length, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The design and development has been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, namely Armament Research and Development Establishment, ARDE and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, HEMRL.

A total of six rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives. Rockets tested have been manufactured by M/s Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur, to whom the technology has been transferred. All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments such as telemetry, radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems which confirmed the flight performance, MoD said.

Enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets which are currently under production, the ministry said.

The long-range Pinaka rocket will boost the firepower of Indian defence forces amidst the military stand-off with China in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).