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India test-fires Pinaka rocket launcher in Orissa

The indigenously built Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher can fire rockets with a range of 39-40 kilometres.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 18:59 IST

India has twice tested rocket launcher Pinaka from a defence base in Orissa on Tuesday, officials sources said.



The first test was carried out at 3.15 pm and the second one at 3.45 pm, both from the experimental establishment in the coastal district of Balasore.



The indigenously built Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher can fire rockets with a range of 39-40 kilometres. It can fire 12 rockets with 1.2 tonnes of high explosives within 40 seconds.



Defence officials described the tests as a routine exercise.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 18:53 IST