Enhanced Version of PINAKA Rocket System Tested at Odisha Successfully

NEW DELHI: Enhanced PINAKA rocket, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been successfully flight tested from its Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday. Development of Enhanced PINAKA system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to its earlier design with reduced length.

The design and development have been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, name Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).

A total of six rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives. Rockets tested have been manufactured by Economic Explosives Limited (EEL) Nagpur, to whom the technology has been transferred.

All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments such as telemetry, radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems which confirmed the flight performance. The Enhanced version of the PINAKA rocket would replace the its existing version which is PINAKA MK-I rockets which are currently under production.