New Delhi: Continuing the development of Artillery Rocket Systems, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has a successfully test-fired extended-range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) on June 24 and June 25 at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
Twenty-five Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges. All the mission objectives were met during the launches. The enhanced range version of the Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kms.
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).
The DRDO has also successfully test-fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) on the same day.
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 the Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the Industry on the successful launch of 122mm Caliber Rocket. Department of Defence's (R&D) Secretary and Chairman of DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy commended the efforts of the teams involved in successful trials.