The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully test fired the extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket.
The test fire was done at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
Altogether 25 Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were test fired in quick succession against targets at different ranges. The enhanced version of Pinaka Rockets system can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kilometres.
As per information provided by the officials, in order to check the accuracy of the rockets hitting the target, all the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems.
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The rocket system has been developed jointly by Pune based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
The 122 mm Caliber rockets were launched from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL).
“All the mission objectives were met during the launches. The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kilometres,” a source said.
The development of the Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the Industry on the successful launch of Enhanced Pinaka Rockets.