DRDO successfully test-fires Enhanced Pinaka Rocket
New Delhi, June 26, 2021
Continuing the development of Artillery Rocket Systems, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the extended range version of the indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) on June 24 and 25 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
A press release from the Ministry of Defence said 25 Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges.
"All the mission objectives were met during the launches. The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kms," it said.
All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR & Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), the release said.
The rocket system has been developed jointly by Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) with manufacturing support from Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. The development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the industry on the successful launch of Enhanced Pinaka Rockets. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy commended the efforts of the teams involved in the successful trials.
The DRDO also successfully test-fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) on June 25 at ITR.
Four enhanced range version of 122mm rockets were test fired with full instrumentation and they met the complete mission objectives. These rockets have been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40 km.
All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments, including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR and Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE).
The rocket systems have been developed jointly by ARDE and HEMRL with manufacturing support from Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. This enhanced rocket system would replace the existing 122mm Grad rockets, the release added.