India successfully carried out the third test-fire of the guided Pinaka rocket from Pokhran ranges after two successful runs on March 11, the Defence Research and Development Organisation said. The consecutive successful missions of guided Pinaka proves the efficacy, reliability and high precision capabilities of the weapon system, the government statement said. All the three trials met mission objectives.
- The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.
- In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies
- Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission objectives have been met.
- The indigenously-developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO, India’s central agency responsible for military research and development, will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.
- The multi-barrel rocket system Pinaka is an area weapon system to supplement the existing artillery gun at ranges beyond 30 kilometres, having quick reaction time and high rate of fire.
- Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army.
- The system has a maximum range of 40 km for Mark-I and 75 km for Mark-II and can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds.
- The system is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility. Pinaka saw service during the Kargil War, where it was successful in neutralising enemy positions on the mountain tops.
- It has since been inducted into the Indian Army in large numbers.