India test-fires guided Pinaka rocket launch system
India has successfully test-fired the guided Pinaka rocket from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha state.
The test was conducted on 12 January from launch complex-3 of the ITR, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The guided Pinaka was jointly developed by Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad, and Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad.
It is a modified version of the Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit.
The rocket's flight performance was tracked by a range of radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems.
The test-firing met all mission objectives, the statement said.
Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) system used by the Indian Army.
Designed to replace the army's BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems, Pinaka integrates high-energy propulsion, sub-munition warheads, servo-controlled launcher configuration, and a fire control computer.
Each Pinaka rocket is capable of carrying a 100kg payload over a range of 40km.
The launcher is capable of operating in autonomous, stand-alone, remote and manual modes.