India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has transferred Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) responsibility of Pinaka weapon system to the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA).

The move serves as a key step to support the production of Pinaka rockets, launchers and associated equipment.

In a statement, Indian Ministry of Defence said: “AHSP transfer marks successful establishment of production of Pinaka rockets, launchers, battery command posts, loader-cum-replenishment and replenishment vehicles, as well as successful establishment of quality assurance processes.

“AHSP handing over took place at ARDE, Pune wherein the documentation required by various production agencies, quality assurance agencies, Maintenance agencies and Users were formally handed over by Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), HEMRL and VRDE to CQA (A).”

DGQA is an entity designed to ensure quality specifications and standards of all defence equipment.

The Pinaka weapon system features a multi-barrel rocket launcher capable of firing 12 rockets in 44 seconds.

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The system is developed locally by Pune’s DRDO lab, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) in association with HEMRL, VRDE and CAIR. It has a range of around 37.5km.

Last month, the Government of India signed contracts worth Rs25.8bn ($353.63m) for the Pinaka missile system.

The agreements were signed with Bharat Earth Movers (BEML), Tata Power Company (TPCL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for six Pinaka regiments.

Once delivered, the missile systems will be deployed along the northern and eastern borders of India.