Pinaka Current Affairs - 2019
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The indigenously developed Pinaka Guided Weapons System was successfully test fired at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan. The successful test trial gives a boost to the artillery capability of the Indian Army. Pinaka Guided Weapon System is equipped with a guidance kit comprising an advanced navigation and control system.
Pinaka Guided Weapons System
Pinaka rocket systems are developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The rocket system was named after Pinaka, the bow of Lord Shiva.
Pinaka was initially a 30 to 40 km range rocket. Its range was increased 70 to 80 km with Pinaka Mark II. Pinaka rockets were used in the Kargil War with Pakistan. With the increased range there came a need for a more accurate. To fulfil this requirement guided version of the Pinaka is being developed by DRDO.
During the test trial, the Pinaka Guided Weapon System successfully impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry systems were used to track and monitor the vehicle all through the flight path. The weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired upgraded guided version of Pinaka Rocket from Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur, Odisha. During the tests, two rounds were conducted and some more rounds have been planned.
The guided version is Pinaka rocket (Pinaka mark-II) has evolved from earlier version of unguided Pinaka mark-I. The upgraded Pinaka mark-II has been fitted with navigation, guidance and control kit developed by Research Centre, Imarat (RCI). The conversion has helped to enhance range of Pinaka to more than 70 km (from earlier 40 km) and accuracy to 50m (from earlier 500m).
It is jointly developed by Pune based Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and RCI. It is fired using multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) which can fire 12 Rockets loaded with explosives within 44 seconds and destroy target area of 4 sq km at a time. It has capability to incorporate several types of warheads makes it deadly for enemy as it can even destroy solid structures and bunkers. The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of system gives an edge to Army during low amount conflict situation. It already has been inducted into Indian Army.