PIB Delhi: An enhanced PINAKA rocket, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha today, 04 November 2020.
The development of the new and enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to earlier design with reduced length. The design and development have been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, namely the Armament Research and Development Establishment, ARDE and the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, HEMRL.
A total of six rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives. The rockets tested have been manufactured by M/s Economic Explosives Limited, 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.
This enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets which are currently under production.
The word PINAKA is a reference to Hindu mythology where Siva, the Destroyer is depicted as being the wielder of a bow called Pinaka which has unerring aim and can destroy any object it is aimed towards.
The development of the Pinaka long range missile system frame was started by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the1980s, as an alternative to the multi-barrel rocket launching systems Russia was producing and which India was also using at that time.
After several diverse range tests of the Pinaka Mark-1 in 1990, it was first used in battle during the Kargil War of 1999, quite successfully.