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Rocket scioence! India masters it

Success! India-made Pinaka rocket hits target 45 km away

DRDO also test fires new variants of 122 mm rockets

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulates DRDO

CHANDIPUR, Orissa, June 27 (The CONNECT) - Continuing the development of Artillery Rocket Systems, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket and enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Calibre Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL).

In all 25 Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. All the mission objectives were met during the launches. The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kms. 

All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR & Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE).

The rocket system has been developed jointly by Pune based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) with manufacturing support from M/s Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. The development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance. 

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and the Industry on the successful launch of Enhanced Pinaka Rockets. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy commended the efforts of the teams involved in the successful trials.

Four enhanced range version of 122mm rockets were test fired with full instrumentation and they met the complete mission objectives. These rockets have been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40 km. 

All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments, including Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking System deployed by ITR and Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE). 

The rocket systems have been developed jointly by Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) with manufacturing support from Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur. This enhanced rocket system would replace the existing 122mm Grad rockets. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and the Industry on the successful launch of 122mm Calibre Rocket. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy commended the efforts of the teams involved in successful trials.

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