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Upgraded Pinaka rocket successfully test-fired

The test was carried out from a multi-barrel launcher at about 10.35 AM from the firing point of the Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) under DRDO, a day after two rounds of the successful trial took place Wednesday, defense sources said. The earlier Pinaka system, which was an unguided one, has now been transformed into a guided version, with a navigation, guidance and control kit developed by the Research Centre, Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, they said.

The RCI comes under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The conversion helped in enhancing the range and accuracy of Pinaka. If its range was 40 kilometers earlier, it is more than 70 kilometer now, a DRDO official said. Radars, electro-optical systems, and telemetry systems at the defense range at Chandipur tracked and monitored the rocket all through its flight path. The guided version is Pinaka mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka mark-I. It can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds.

The successful trial of the guided Pinaka has reinforced the technological strength of the country in converting the unguided systems into weapons of high precision and accuracy, he said. The guided Pinaka has been developed jointly by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, the RCI, and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, for the Indian Army. The PXE, Chandipur, provided the range and launch support.

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