"Four rounds of test-firing were conducted during the
trial," defence sources said.
'Pinaka', an unguided rocket system and an area weapon
system aimed at supplementing the existing artillery guns at a
range beyond 30 km, is capable of acting as a
force-multiplier, they said.
The demonstration of 'Pinaka', which has undergone several
tough tests since 1995 and is in an advance stage of
development, took place at Chandipur-on-sea at the Proof
Experimental Establishment by Army and scientists from Defence
Research and Development Organisation, the sources said.?
It was meant to neutralise a large geographical area with
a rapid salvo of rockets. With a strike range of 40 km,
'Pinaka' could fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds, they
One salvo each of 12 rockets from a battery of six
launchers could neutralise a target area of 3.9 sq km at a
time, they said.
Its quick reaction time, accuracy and high rate of fire
gave an edge to the armed forces during low-intensity warlike
situations, the sources said.
The system's capability to incorporate several types of
warheads made it deadly for the enemy as it could destroy
solid structures and bunkers, they added.
Balasore (Odisha): A demonstration trial of
India's indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket launcher
weapon system, 'Pinaka' was today conducted in presence of
personnel from the Indian Army and scientists at a defence
base, about 15 km from here.
First Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 17:57