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'Pinaka' tested successfully

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 14:51 IST

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India's indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) weapon system, 'Pinaka' was successfully tested on Wednesday jointly by the army and scientists from a defence base at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore.

'Pinaka', which has undergone several tough tests since 1995 and in its advance stage of development, were put to sample trials at the Proof Experimental Establishment (PXE) by army and scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), defence sources said.

"The objective of the trials was to assess its stability in flight as well as accuracy and consistency," a defence official said adding that the MBRL, capable of acting as a force-multiplier, can gradually replace the current artillery system.

The first round of trial, conducted at 12.14 pm, yielded the desired results, PXE director Maj-Gen Anup Malhotra said

The tests coincided with the golden jubilee celebrations of the DRDO.

The sophisticated 'Pinaka' is an area weapon system aimed at supplementing the existing artillery gun at a range beyond 30 km. Its quick reaction time and high rate of fire gives an edge to the army during low-intensity warlike situation.

The unguided rocket system is meant to neutralise bigger geographical area with rapid salvo of rockets. With a range of 40 km, 'Pinaka' can fire salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds. One salvo each (12 rockets) from the battery of six launchers can neutralise at a time a target area of 3.9 sq km.

The system's capability to incorporate several types of warheads makes it deadly for the enemy as it can even destroy their solid structures and bunkers.