Multi-barrel rocket launcher `Pinaka` test fired
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.
"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.
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