India today fest-fired an extended range version of indigenously-developed Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system.
At least six rockets were test-fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. The new extended-range rockets, which can hit enemy targets which precision, will replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets.
The extended-range version of the Pinaka rocket has a range of over 75 km.
A Pinaka MBRL system has 12 rocket tubes mounted on a Tatra vehicle. In salvo mode, rockets can be fired from these tubes less than four seconds apart.
Six Pinaka launchers, called a battery, can fire 72 rockets in 44 seconds.
These rockets can be guided to their target in enemy territory. This has significantly improved India’s precision standoff rocket strikes capability.
Developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment, the Pinaka is built by two private companies — Larsen & Toubro Defence and Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division.
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