The personnel of Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) conducted a series of tests of an advanced version of multi-barrel rocket system Pinaka from a defence base off the Odisha coast on Thursday.
Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were test-fired from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) located at the firing point - II of the Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur here. The tests were carried out in between 11 am and 12 noon.
Termed as sample tests, they were aimed at assessing the stability of rockets in flight as well as accuracy and consistency. Though the system can fire rockets with a range of 39-40 km, this time, sources said, it was tested for nearly 30 km. A defence official said it was a routine trial and all the rounds yielded desired results. “The Pinaka MBRL is capable of acting as a force-multiplier. The tests were made after making some developmental changes in the system. We would carry out a few more tests on Friday,” he said, adding that the rocket system would supplement the existing artillery system.
The rocket launcher, which is also known as the Weapon Area System (WAS) can launch 12 rockets with one tonne of high explosives within 40 seconds. Pinaka rocket is a state-of-the-art weapon for destroying enemy troop concentration areas, communication centres, air terminal complexes, gun or rocket locations and for laying mines by firing rockets with several warheads from the launching vehicle.