Rocket science [ID18D3]

09 November 2018

The Indian Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)/Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE, Stand B125, India pavilion), has released additional details of the guided 214mm rocket for use with the Pinaka artillery rocket system (ARS) currently deployed by the Indian Army.

This latest solid propellant rocket has a minimum range of 20km and a maximum range of 80km and is claimed to have a circular error of probability (CEP) of 30m at all ranges, which means fewer rockets have to be fired in order to neutralise the target. The guidance, navigation and control unit is housed in the ogive of the warhead and includes inertial plus global positioning guidance (GPS+INS). The canard-based aerodynamic control unit is in the actuator bay.

The original solid propellant rockets have a minimum range of 12.6km and a maximum range of 37.5km and can be fitted with various types of warhead including pre-formed fragmentation, incendiary, submunitions and practice.

The new system is mounted on a locally produced Tatra (8x8) truck, with the 12-round launcher mounted on a turntable at the rear of the platform. According to the DRDO, a complete salvo of 12 rounds can be fired in just 44 seconds, with a battery of six launchers capable of neutralising an area of 1,000 x 800m.

The Pinaka ARS can rapidly come into action, as the launcher is fitted with an Automatic Gun Alignment and Positioning System (AGAPS) for land navigation and launcher orientation. This provides a shoot-and-scoot capability; the DRDO said it takes only three minutes to come into action and two minutes to come out of action.

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