The advanced version of Mark-II Pinaka Rocket was successfully test fired on 9 December 2014 from the Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur, about 15-km from Balasore in Odisha. It was test-fired using a multi-barrel launcher.
The tests were conducted by the Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) of DRDO with logistical support from the PXE labs.
Advance version of Mark-II rocket has a range of more than 60-km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier. It was developed to supplement artillery guns.
Pinaka is the unguided rocket system meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos. It has undergone several tough tests since 1995. It has been inducted into the Army and the present trials were conducted with some improvements.
Characteristic feature of Pinaka
• The Pinaka rocket is also known as the Weapon Area System (WAS) and it can fire rockets with a range of 40-65 km
• With a battery of six launchers, the Pinaka system can fire a salvo of 12 rockets with 1.2 tonne of high explosives in 44 seconds
• It can neutralise a target area of 3.9 sq. km and is meant as a supplement to the existing artillery system at a range beyond 30 km.
• It can be fitted with a variety of warheads ranging from blast-cum-pre-fragmented high explosives to anti-tank mines.
When: 9 December 2014