India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully conducted the test firing of Guided Pinaka rocket system at the Pokhran Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.
Two test firings were conducted on March 11 and one was conducted on March 12. According to the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement, all the three trials met mission objectives.
“In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission objectives have been met.”
The consecutive successful missions of Guided Pinaka proves the efficacy, reliability and high precision capabilities of the weapon system, said the MoD statement adding that the weapon system “will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.”
Guided Pinaka, also called as Pinaka II, is an upgraded variant of Pinaka multiple rocket launcher developed by the DRDO for the Indian Army.
The system is being developed by DRDO’s Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune; Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; and Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad.
The Mark II version is equipped with a navigation, guidance, control kit and has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of the missile. The system reportedly has a maximum range 75 km compared to the 40 km for Mark-I, and can fire a salvo of 12 HE (High Explosive) rockets in 44 seconds. The accuracy of the missile is estimated to be between 60m-80m at all ranges.