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.

“The rocket's flight performance was tracked by a range of radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems."

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.