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Guided Pinaka Achieves 25 M Accuracy in Tests

Published Jun 11, 2019
Updated Apr 14, 2020

Guided Pinaka, an INS+GPS guided, canard controlled, precision strike guided artillery rocket system, has been designed and developed by ARDE, Pune, in association with Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad; HEMRL, Pune and Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), Balasore.

The rocket system has a capability of engaging targets in 20 km to 80 km range with accuracy of < 60 m at all ranges. The technical trials of the system were conducted during 11-12 March 2019.

Three guided Pinaka rockets were fired for engaging target located at 43 km range. Artillery team led by Brig AS Raghav, DDG Arty (Ops) participated in the trials.

The mission objectives were to assess the accuracy and consistency of the rocket against ground target.

The range instrumentation including Doppler radars and Telemetry, which monitored the flight performance of the rockets, confirmed that all the mission objectives were successfully achieved.

All the three rockets impacted the designated target area with a high accuracy of 33 m, 23.3 m and 25.5 m.

The trials were conducted under the guidance of Dr KM Rajan, DS & Director, ARDE and Shri BHVS Narayana Murthy, DS & Director, RCI. DRDO teams from ARDE, RCI, DRDL, HEMRL and PXE participated in the trials. Smt Chandrika Kaushik, Director, DISB, DRDO HQ also witnessed the trials.

The trials were conducted with support of 1890 Rocket Regiment (Pinaka) commanded by Col Satpal Bishnoi.

The Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur on 12 January 2017 in one in a series of tests.  Pinaka 2 has been successfully tested at the Chandipur Test Range in January 2013,20 December 2013 and  20-23 May 2016 as per Wikipedia.

Pinaka is an all weather, indirect fire, free flight Artillery rocket capable of engaging enemy up to a range 38 km. It can neutralize an area of 1000x800m in a short period of time with salvo firing. The weapon system has short reaction time to call for fire and also has excellent shoot & scoot capability. The Pinaka weapon system can thus be used as an effective area weapon for neutralisation of soft targets in the depth areas as well a interdiction.

 The Indian Army has two Pinaka  regiments with two more sanctioned for induction.  A Pinaka Regiment comprises of three batteries of six launchers each. Each launcher is capable of firing 12 rockets within 45 seconds. Thus theoretically a battery can fire a devastating 72 rockets in a minute completely pulverising the depth area.

 It is presumed that as per the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan 22 Pinaka regiments are to be inducted one for each division in the plains.

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