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The In­dian De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) has suc­cess­fully test-fired the guided Pi­naka rocket for the sec­ond time this year, from the In­te­grated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. The lat­est test on Jan­uary 24, 2017, from launch com­plex-3 of the ITR fol­lows a sim­i­lar test-fir­ing con­ducted on Jan­uary 12.

The guided Pi­naka is a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Pi­naka Rocket Mark-II, equipped with a nav­i­ga­tion, guid­ance and con­trol kit, the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence said in a state­ment. It was co-de­vel­oped by Ar­ma­ment Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ARDE) in Pune, Re­search Cen­tre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad, and De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Lab­o­ra­tory (DRDL) in Hyderabad. Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to De­fence Min­is­ter Dr G. Satheesh Reddy said that the suc­cess of guided Pi­naka has helped the coun­try to con­vert un­guided sys­tems into weapons of high pre­ci­sion. The rocket’s flight per­for­mance was tracked by a range of radars, elec­tro-op­ti­cal and teleme­try sys­tems.

The test-fir­ing met all mis­sion ob­jec­tives, the state­ment said. The In­dian Army uses the Pi­naka multi-bar­rel rocket launch (MBRL) sys­tem, which is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in au­ton­o­mous, stand-alone, re­mote and man­ual modes. De­signed to re­place the army’s BM-21 Grad mul­ti­ple rocket launcher sys­tems, Pi­naka in­te­grates high­en­ergy propul­sion, sub-mu­ni­tion war­heads, servo-con­trolled launcher con­fig­u­ra­tion, and a fire con­trol com­puter. Each Pi­naka rocket is able to carry a 100-kg pay­load over a range of 40 km.

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