- Recently, an enhanced Pinaka Mk-1-Missile was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
- According to an official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). the development of the Guided version of Pinaka, with almost double the original range, is nearing completion.
- An alternative the multi-barrel rocket launching systems of Russian make, called the ‘Grad’ and ‘Smerch’, which are still in use. After successful tests of Pinaka Mark-1 in the late 1990s, it was successfully used during the 1999 Kargil war.
- The Pinaka, which is primarily a multi-barrel rocket system (MBRL) system, can fire a salvo of 12 rockets over a period of 44 seconds.
- One battery of Pinaka system consists of six launch vehicles, accompanied by the loader system, radar and links with network-based systems, and a command post.
- One battery can neutralise an area of one km by one km.
Pinaka I & II
- Pinaka Mk-1, which has a range of 38 km, the DRDO has also developed an enhanced version of Mark-1, which has a range of 45 km.
- DRDO has also developed and successfully tested Mk-II and the guided variants of the Pinaka, which has a range of around 60 km, while the Guided Pinaka system has a range of 75 km and has integrated navigation, control and guidance system to improve the end accuracy and enhance the range.
- The navigation system of Guided Pinaka missile is also aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
- Pinaka Mk-1, which has a range of 38 Km.
Uses of Pinaka
- In the conventional battle space, long-range artillery systems like Pinaka are used for attacking adversary targets prior to close-quarter battles, which involve smaller-range artillery, armoured elements and the infantry.
- In the future, the Pinaka Mk-1, enhanced Mk-1 and the Guided Pinaka will coexist in the Army’s inventory, in the proportion that the Army wants.
- Pinaka will continue as a weapon that can destroy an area and the guided version will add an edge to it when a specific target has to be hit.
Source: Indian Express
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