In order to boost the artillery capability of the Indian Army, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out successful twin tests of the indigenously developed Pinaka guided extended range rockets.
The tests were carried out in the Pokhran desert in Rajasthan on Monday in which both the rockets succeeded in hitting their targets at a 90-km range.
Successful Twin Tests
About the twin tests, the Defence Ministry said that the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.
It further stated that the telemetry systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path.
The radars, electro-optical systems and telemetry systems at Proof and Experiment Establishment (PXE) had monitored the rockets through their flight.
All the objectives of the mission have been met, stated the ministry.
An upgraded version of the rocket, with a guidance system and an enhanced range, had touched the 70-km mark in the last trial in May 2018. The first successful test was conducted in January 2017.
Pinaka Guided Rocket System
Indigenously developed, Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher which has been developed by DRDO and used by the Indian Army.
The weapon system is capable of firing a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds.
The multi-barrel rocket system Pinaka is an area weapon system to supplement the existing artillery gun at ranges beyond 30 kilometres, having quick reaction time and high rate of fire.
The Pinaka guided rocket system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit that consists of an advanced navigation and control system.
It has been mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility.
During the Kargil War, Pinaka was used extensively to destroy enemy positions on the mountain tops.
The Battery System
Each Pinaka battery has six launcher vehicles, each with 12 rockets; six loader-replenishment vehicles; three replenishment vehicles; two Command Post vehicle (one stand by) with a Fire Control computer, and the DIGICORA MET radar.
The battery is capable of neutralising an area of 1,000 m × 800 m.
It also has a fire control computer to provide the flexibility to fire all the rockets in one go or only a few.
Moreover, each launcher is equipped with an individual computer to allow it to operate autonomously if it gets separated from the other five vehicles.
The launcher can operate in autonomous mode, stand-alone mode, remote mode and manual mode.