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INDIA SUCCESSFULLY TESTED THE PINAKA MK-I (ENHANCED) ROCKET SYSTEM IN FLIGHT

Context

The Indian Army and the Defence Research and Development Organization successfully flight-tested a new variant of the Pinaka rocket system at the Pokhran firing ranges. Pinaka Mk-I (Enhanced) Rocket System (EPRS) and Pinaka Area Denial Munition (ADM) rocket systems were among them. With this testing, the initial phase of EPRS technology absorption by industry has been accomplished, and the industrial partners are ready for user trials/series manufacture of the rocket system. 

Key Points

  • The Pinaka rocket system was created by the DRDO lab-Armament Research and Development Establishment-Pune in conjunction with the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory-Pune.

The EPRS system:

  • The EPRS is an improved version of the Pinaka variant, which has been in service with the Indian Army for over a decade. 
  • The system has been improved with sophisticated technology, extending the range to meet new demands.
  • Following the demonstration of the increased range version of Pinaka's performance efficacy, the technology was transmitted to the industries of Munitions India Limited (MIL) and Economic Explosives Limited Nagpur.
  • During this programme, rockets developed by MIL under the Transfer of Technology from DRDO were flight tested. 
  • Various munitions and fuzes that can be utilised in the Pinaka rocket system have also been successfully tested at the Pokhran Field Firing Range.

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