DRDO Test Fires Pinaka Rocket, Enhanced Range 122mm Caliber Rocket

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the Extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket & Enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber rocket from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha.

  • Both rockets have been developed by Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).

Pinaka Rocket

The enhanced range version of the Indigenous Pinaka Rocket System test fired from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) can destroy targets at distances up to 45 Kms.

  • It has been developed jointly by the Pune-based ARDE and HEMRL, with manufacturing assistance from Economic Explosives Ltd, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • The development of the Pinaka defence system was done to achieve longer range performance.
  • Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket-launcher (MBRL) system. It is capable of firing 12 rockets over a period of 44 seconds.

Enhanced Range 122mm Caliber Rocket

The Enhanced Range 122mm Caliber Rocket was test fired from a MBRL. It will replace the existing 122mm Grad rockets.

  • The enhanced version has been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40 kilometres.
  • It has been jointly developed by the Pune-based ARDE and HEMRL.

Recent Related News:

On November 4, 2020, India successfully flight tested the Enhanced version of PINAKA Rocket System from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

About Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE)

Director – Dr. V Venkateswara Rao
Location – Pune, Maharashtra

About High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL)

Director – KPS Murthy
Location – Pune, Maharashtra





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