Pinaka rockets test-fired successfully
India’s Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL)–Pinaka rockets, capable of decimating hostile targets at 40kms-range with rapid salvos, successfully test- fired thrice at an armament base in Chandipur, Odisha. The rockets, which have been subjected to several tough tests since 1995, have been already inducted into the armed forces and the current trials were performed with some improvements in the weapon system. Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested from the Proof and eXperimental Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur.
Indigenously developed by DRDO, Pinaka is an unguided rocket system meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos. With a battery of 6 launchers, the system can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds and neutralise a target area of 3.9 sq km. It gives an edge to the army with its quick reaction time and high rate of fire, thus, supplementing artillery guns.