The Indian Army has successfully completed user-assisted trials of Pinaka II, a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system, at Pokhran field firing range in Rajasthan, India.
Carried out over three days, the trials were carried out by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) laboratory.
The news follows successful trials of submunition warheads for the Pinaka I weapon system, which has a range of about 40km.
Designed to replace the army’s Russian-built BM-21 Grad launchers, the Pinaka is capable of destroying opposition communication centres, air terminal complexes, and gun / rocket locations, as well as solid structures and bunkers.
The system features six launcher vehicles with 12 rockets each, as well as two command post vehicles, including a fire control computer, Digicora MET radar, and six loader / replenishment vehicles with a payload of 100kg.
The Pinaka I weapon system has already been inducted into the Indian military.