Pinaka test fired in new avatar

Soma Sekhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 12, 2018

Defence scientists have transformed the multi-barrel Pinaka rocket into a short-range guided missile, and successfully tested it on Thursday.

The rocket, now called Guided Pinaka, was test fired from the Launch Complex of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. The new version is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control system. The conversion will significantly enhance the range and accuracy of the weapon, said an official release from the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Pinaka Rocket Mark-II met all the mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle throughout its flight path. The weapon system has been jointly developed by the ARDE Pune, the RCI and DRDL Hyderabad, with ITR Chandipur providing the logistic and launch support.

The rocket had a reach of 60-65 km, and is capable of acting as a force-multiplier. It was developed to supplement artillery guns.

Published on January 12, 2017

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