Twin tests of Pinaka guided rockets carried out successfully: DRDO

Pokhran: Pinaka extended range rockets, developed by Indian Army and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), were fired from Pokhran ranges today.

Two rockets fired from a multi barrel launcher hit their targets successfully, sources said.

“Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Pokhran ranges. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission objectives have been met,” DRDO said in a release.

The indigenously developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits, it added.

Last year, several tests of non-guided version of Pinaka rockets were test fired successfully, prompting for upgraded version of the rocket. The first successful test flight was conducted in January, 2017.

Worth mentioning, the guided Pinaka has been developed jointly by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, the RCI, and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, for the Indian Army.

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