In a proud moment for the country and giving a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Made in India’ campaign, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL).
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The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kms. Twenty-five Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges.
These rockets were test-fired from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast on June 24 and June 25.
Defence Ministry on Mission objectives
The Ministry of Defence said that all objectives were achieved during test-firing. “All the mission objectives were met during the launches. All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR & Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE),” said the Defence Ministry in a statement on June 25.
Developers of enhanced Pinaka rockets
The rocket system has been developed jointly by Pune based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) with manufacturing support from M/s Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. The development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance.
Soon after the launch, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the Industry on the successful launch of Enhanced Pinaka Rockets. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy commended the efforts of the teams involved in the successful trials.