The DRDO has successfully test-fired Pinaka missiles with objectives such as checking its low range and functioning of live warhead, according to an official statement.
The indigenously developed Pinaka Mark-II rocket is capable of striking at a distance of 75 kilometers. The missile system, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore, off the Odisha coast,” the defense sources said.
The navigation system of the missile is also aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
The missile was developed for the Indian Army with a view to enhancing the capability of the Indian Army. The multiple rocket launcher will further strengthen the Indian Army. Pinaka MK-II rocket aims to improve the end accuracy and enhance the range,
“The first trial was conducted on December 19 wherein one missile was fired at 75-kilometer range. The second trial was successfully conducted today at 1100 hrs from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the Odisha coast,” it said.
“The mission objective of today’s trial was to test low range, functioning of live warhead along with its proximity initiation and salvo launch…Both the missiles were fired to engage a target located at 20-kilometre range and high accuracy was achieved.,” the statement added.
The mission achieved all the objectives including enhancing the range, accuracy, and sub-system functionality,” it said.
The artillery missile system was also test-fired on Thursday. Earlier in March, three successful trials of the Pinaka missiles (multiple rocket launcher) were conducted from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.