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DRDO Successfully Test Fires Guided PINAKA Rocket

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Chandipur, Odisha. India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur at 1245 hours for further enhanced range January 24.

PINAKA Rocket Mark-II, equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, is transformed to a Guided PINAKA. The conversion has facilitated to enhance the range and improve the accuracy of PINAKA. The Mission met all the objectives. The Radars, Electro Optical and Telemetry Systems at ITR Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. The guided PINAKA is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI and DRDL, Hyderabad. ITR, Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister (SA to RM) and DG (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr G Satheesh Reddy, who was present during the launch operations, said that the success of Guided PINAKA has reinforced the technological strength of the country in converting unguided systems into weapons of high precision.

Director ARDE, Pune Dr KM Rajan; Director, RCI, Hyderabad BHVS Narayana Murthy; Director, ITR, Chandipur Dr BK Das; Director HEMRL, Pune KPS Murthy and, Director PXE, Chandipur R Appavuraj monitored the Launch operations.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has congratulated both the Army and the DRDO for developing the Guided PINAKA in a very short span of time. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr S Christopher applauded this shining example of the synergy between the Armed Forces and the DRDO. DG, (Armament & Combat Engineering Systems), DRDO Pravin K Mehta also congratulated team Pinaka for their successful endeavour.

The Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S) Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DG Artillery Lt Gen PK Srivastava and other Senior Army Officers witnessed the successful launch.

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