Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, May 29:
Indigenously developed Pinaka rockets were today successfully test fired thrice from a multi-barrel rocket launcher from a DRDO base in Chandipur-on-sea in Odisha’s Baleswar district.
Defence sources said three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully test fired from the Proof and Experimental Establishment at Chandipur.
Capable of firing 12 rockets in a single salvo with 1.2 tonnes of explosives within 40 seconds, the Pinaka system has already been inducted into the armed forces and was used in the field during the 1999 Kargil war.
“It was a routine evaluation test. Three rounds of rockets were launched successfully,” test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad said.
Sources said the rockets with a strike range of 40 km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier, were developed to supplement artillery guns.
The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of the system can give an edge to the Army during a low-intensity conflict situation, sources added.