India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested its Pinaka Missile System on Dec. 19.
The missile was fired from a Pinaka launcher system, in deployment configuration, positioned at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast at 1200 hours local time.
According to a statement from Indian Ministry of Defence, the mission achieved all the objectives including enhancing the range, accuracy and sub-system functionality. The flight article was tracked by multiple range systems viz. Telemetry, Radars, Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), etc. which confirmed the expected flight performance.
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 trial was conducted under the supervision of BHVS Narayana Murthy, Director of RCI; Venkateswara Rao, Director of ARDE; BK Das, Director of ITR; and DK Joshi, Director of PXE. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the teams involved in the flight trial.
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.