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India successfully test-fired new Guided Pinaka rocket equipped with navigation system 11801173.


| 2017
Defence & Security News - India
 
India successfully test-fired new Guided Pinaka rocket equipped with navigation system.
India on January 12, 2017, successfully test-fired the local-made Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha. The Guided Pinaka is a modified version of the Pinaka rocket, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit.
     
India on January 12, 2017, successfully test-fired the local-made Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha. The Guided Pinaka is a modified version of the Pinaka rocket, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit. Guided Pinaka Mark-II being test fired from ITR off Odisha coast on January 12, 2017. (Source picture The New Indian Express)
     

The conversion considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka. The test firing had met all mission objectives, they said. The new rocket can reach a target at a range from 60 to 65 km.

The guided Pinaka has been jointly developed by Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).

Indian Army intends to have 22 Pinaka regiments by 2026 including 12 regiments of Guided Pinaka. Each regiment consists of three batteries of six Pinaka launchers mounted on Tatra trucks.

The rocket was fired from a multiple launch rocket system (MRLS). The rocket launcher can fire 12 rockets with 1.2 tonne of high explosives within 44 seconds and destroy a target area of four sq km at a time.

Designed to replace the Soviet-made BM-21 and BM-30 multiple rocket launcher systems, Pinaka integrates high-energy propulsion, sub-munition warheads, servo-controlled launcher configuration, and a fire control computer.
 

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