India successfully test-fires upgraded version of Pinaka Mk-I Rocket

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Pinaka Mk-I Rocket System (EPRS) and Pinaka Area Denial Munition (ADM) Rocket System have been successfully test fired by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army at Pokhran firing range.

  • The required accuracy and stability were achieved by these rockets during the trials, meeting all the test objectives satisfactorily.

Pinaka Mk-I :

  • Pinaka Mk-I is an upgraded rocket system with a range of about 45 km. The Pinaka-II rocket system has a range of 60 km. The rocket system has been jointly designed by two laboratories of DRDO, Ordnance High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) and Research and Development Establishment (ARDE).

Strategic Capabilities of Pinaka Mk-I:

  • During the escalation of tension with China, India had deployed this completely indigenous system on Eastern Ladakh and LAC.

  • It is named after 'Pinaka', the bow of Lord Shiva. It is a multi barrel rocket launcher system.

  • The Pinaka Mk-I Enhanced Rocket System is an upgraded version of the early Pinaka.

  • This rocket system has given the army a lethal alternative to ground attack.

  • The multi-barrel launcher is capable of firing 72 rockets in just 44 seconds.

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