Suc­cess­ful test-fir­ing of guided Pi­naka


The Pi­naka Rocket con­verted to a Guided Pi­naka was suc­cess­fully test-fired from Launch Com­plex-III, ITR, Chandipur on Jan­uary 12, 2017. The Pi­naka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pi­naka Mark-I is equipped with a nav­i­ga­tion, guid­ance and con­trol kit and has been trans­formed to a Guided Pi­naka. This con­ver­sion has con­sid­er­ably en­hanced the range and ac­cu­racy of Pi­naka. The test-fir­ing has met all mis­sion ob­jec­tives. The radars, elec­tro-op­ti­cal and teleme­try sys­tems at Chandipur tracked and mon­i­tored the ve­hi­cle all through the flight path. The Guided Pi­naka is de­vel­oped jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur pro­vided the range and launch sup­port.

Dr K.M. Ra­jan, Di­rec­tor of ARDE, B.H.V.S. Narayana Murthy, Di­rec­tor of RCI, Dr B.K. Das, Di­rec­tor of ITR, and R. Ap­pavu­raj, Di­rec­tor, PXE, Chandipur, mon­i­tored the launch op­er­a­tions. An armed forces team wit­nessed the flight test. Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to De­fence Min­is­ter, was present dur­ing the test-fir­ing.

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