Guided Pinaka test-fired successfully from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur

CHANDIPUR: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday successfully test-fired the Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka.

According to Ministry of Defence, Pinaka in its new avatar was test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur.

The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka.

The conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka. The test-firing has met all mission objectives.

The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path.

The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

A team from armed forces was witness to the event. Defence Minister has congratulated the team for the successful flight-test.

“There will be more test of Pinaka in this new configuration. We are no analysing the test points and during the next test further fine-tuning will be done on the system, if need be,” a scientist from DRDL, who was part of the campaign team said.

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