On November 4, 2020, India successfully flight tested the Enhanced version of PINAKA Rocket System from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. It has been indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The enhanced variant of the Pinaka Rocket can hit a target 45-60 Kms away.
The range of the Enhanced PINAKA missile is higher than the range of Pinaka Mk1. It will replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets.
Design & Development:
It has been designed and developed by Pune based DRDO Laboratory Namely Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
i.Six rockets were launched in succession and all of them met the mission objectives.
ii.The Tested Rockets have been manufactured by Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur (Maharashtra).
Overview of PINAKA MBRL:
i.Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket-launcher (MBRL) system. It is capable of firing 12 rockets over a period of 44 seconds.
ii.MBRL is a type of Rocket Artillery System which contains multiple launchers assembled onto a single platform.
iii.The navigation system of Guided Pinaka Missile is aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
iv.Pinaka Mk-I has a range of 38 Kms, while Pinaka Mk-II has a range of 60 kms.
Recent Related News:
i.On October 5, 2020, DRDO successfully flight tested the Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo (SMART) from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters– New Delhi