Pinaka rockets tested successfully
Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) successfully test fired Pinaka rockets were from a Multi- Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) from a base at Chandipur. The MBRL is capable of acting as a force multiplier and has been developed to supplement artillery guns. Pinaka has undergone several tough tests since 1995 and has already been introduced into the armed forces.
In July, 2013, a more advanced 2nd generation i.e. Pinaka Mark II Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher System had undergone successful firing trials at Chandhan area in Pokhran field firing ranges in western Rajastan and is in development stage.
Pinaka and its applications
- Pinaka is an unguided area weapon rocket system with a range of 40 km, meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.
- It can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds, the battery of six launchers can neutralise at a time a target area of 3.9 sq km.
- The system’s capability to incorporate several types of warheads makes it deadly for the enemy as it can even destroy solid structures and bunkers.
- The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of the system gives an edge to the Army during a low amount conflict situation