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Successful test fire of Pinaka Rocket System by DRDO

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 26, Jun 2021
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  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL)
  • Launch Site: Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.  
  • Enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kms.
  • The Mark-II version of the rocket has been modified as a guided missile system by integrating it with the navigation, control and guidance system to improve the end accuracy and increase the range.
  • The navigation system of the missile is linked with the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

About Pinaka Missile System

  • Pinaka is an indigenously developed rocket system named after Lord Shiva’s mythological bow.
  • The development of the Pinaka was started by the DRDO in the late 1980s, as an alternative to the multi-barrel rocket launching systems of Russian make, called like the ‘Grad’, which are still in use
  • Pinaka can fire a salvo of 12 rockets over a period of 44 seconds.
  • It was first used in the battlefield during the Kargil War of 1999