The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered six regiments of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) systems for the Indian Army, the MOD announced August 31.
The contract for the procurement of the systems, worth around Rs. 2580 crores (USD388 million), was signed by the MoD’s Acquisition Wing with Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML), Tata Power Company Ltd. (TPCL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
These six Pinaka Regiments comprise 114 Launchers with Automated Gun Aiming and Positioning System (AGAPS) and 45 command posts to be procured from TPCL and L&T and 330 Vehicles to be procured from BEML. These new regiments, under the Army’s Regiment of Artillery, will be operationalised along the northern and eastern borders of the country and is planned to be completed by 2024.
This procurement project under Buy (Indian) categorisation, with 70% Indigenous Content, has been approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. According to an MoD statement, the procurement will further enhance the operation preparedness of the Armed Forces.
The Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The system, which is mounted on a Tatra high-mobility truck, has a maximum range of 40 km for Mark-I variant and 75 km for Mark-II variant, and can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds. As of 2019, an upgraded guided missile version of the system has been test-fired, with a range of over 90 km.