Pinaka Rockets Test Fired Successfully


Bhubaneswar: Two rounds of Pinaka rockets were test fired from the range of Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), a test facility of DRDO located at Chandipur off Odisha coast, on Monday.

The tests were conducted from a multi-barrel rocket launcher for the second time in last three days. Earlier, two rounds of the rockets were successfully test fired from the same range on Saturday. Defence sources said the tests were conducted in a bid to incorporate a new ‘guidance system’ in the rocket system which had successfully demonstrated its capability during Kargil war by neutralising enemy positions on mountain tops.

“Since then, several improvements have been made in Pinaka rocket system and its Mark-II version also has been developed with enhanced strike range,” said a defence official and added that the new guidance system, once incorporated, would make the system more lethal.

Pinaka is the first indigenous rocket system successfully designed, developed and produced by the ARDE with the help of private industries. The system’s capability to incorporate several types of warheads makes it deadly for the enemy as it can even destroy their solid structures and bunkers.