DRDO under the Ministry of Defence has successfully test fired Pinaka System.
According to defense sources, 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.
The rocket was successfully test-fired from Chandipur in Odisha, from a multi barrel launcher at about 10.35 AM from the firing point of the Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) which is under DRDO.
The conversion helped in enhancing the range and accuracy of Pinaka. If its range was 40 km earlier, it is more than 70 km now. Radars, electro-optical systems and telemetry systems at the defence 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.