India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a test firing of Pinaka missiles in salvo mode as part of the series of flight trials.
The missiles were fired from a Pinaka launcher system, in deployment configuration, positioned at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the Odisha coast at 1100 hours local time today, Dec. 20.
During the trial, two Pinaka missiles were launched in salvo mode with 60 seconds interval between the two firings. Both the missiles were fired to engage a target located at 20-kilometre range. The missile was integrated with a live warhead with a proximity fuse and was tracked by multiple range systems viz. telemetry, radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS).
According to a statement from the Indian Ministry of Defence, “high accuracy was achieved” during the trial. The statement added that the mission objective of the trial was to test low range, functioning of live warhead along with its proximity initiation and salvo launch.
This is the second test-firing of Pinaka missile in the last two days. On Dec. 19, one Pinaka missile was fired at 75 kilometre range from the same test facility.
G Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary (R&D) of India’s Department of Defence and Chairman DRDO, congratulated the entire DRDO community for successful trials of the missile.
The Pinaka Missile System was developed by modifying a Pinaka rocket as a missile by integrating with the Navigation, Control and Guidance System to improve the end accuracy and enhance the range. The Navigation system of the missile is also aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
The missile system has been jointly developed by various DRDO Laboratories viz. Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
The Pinaka is an Artillery Missile System capable of striking into enemy territory up to a range of 75 kilometres with high precision. The accuracy of the missile is estimated to be between 60m-80m at all ranges.