Pi­naka suc­cess­fully test­fired from Odisha coast

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The per­son­nel of Pune-based Ar­ma­ment Re­search and Devel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ARDE) con­ducted a se­ries of tests of an ad­vanced ver­sion of multi­bar­rel rocket sys­tem Pi­naka from a de­fence base off the Odisha coast on Fe­bru­ary 28.

At least three rounds of Pi­naka rock­ets were test-fired from a multi-bar­rel rocket launcher (MBRL) lo­cated at the fir­ing point – II of the Proof and Ex­per­i­men­tal Es­tab­lish­ment (PXE) at Chandipur.

The tests termed as sam­ple tests were aimed to as­sess the sta­bil­ity of rock­ets in flight as well as ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency. Though the sys­tem can fire rock­ets with a range of 39-40 km, but this time, sources said, it was tested for nearly 30 km.

The tests were con­ducted with lo­gis­tics sup­ports from the PXE. Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports, the rocket launcher, which is also known as the Weapon Area Sys­tem (WAS) can launch 12 rock­ets with one tonne of high ex­plo­sives within 40 sec­onds.

“Its quick re­ac­tion time and high rate of fire pro­vides the Army an edge dur­ing low-in­ten­sity war-like sit­u­a­tions. The un­guided rocket sys­tem put un­der trial here could be used to de­stroy a higher ge­o­graph­i­cal area with its salvo of rock­ets,” said a de­fence sci­en­tist.

Pi­naka rocket is a state-of-the-art weapon for de­stroy­ing en­emy troop con­cen­tra­tion ar­eas, com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tres, air ter­mi­nal com­plexes, gun or rocket lo­ca­tions and for lay­ing mines by fir­ing rock­ets with sev­eral war­heads from the launch­ing ve­hi­cle.

Last month seven Pi­naka rock­ets were suc­cess­fully test-fired from the same test range.

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