India tests enhanced version of rocket used by Pinaka MRL

by Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Bedi

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired an enhanced version of the rocket used by the Pinaka multiple rocket launcher (MRL).

A total of six extended-range rockets were launched in quick succession on 4 November from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, said the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB), adding that the tests met the mission objectives.

India’s DRDO tested on 4 November an enhanced version of the MK I rocket used by the Pinaka MRL. (DRDO)

India’s DRDO tested on 4 November an enhanced version of the MK I rocket used by the Pinaka MRL. (DRDO)

The PIB said the DRDO decided to develop the new rocket variant “to achieve longer-range performance compared to the earlier design with reduced length”, adding that the enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket is expected to gradually replace the existing 214 mm Pinaka Mk I rockets, which are currently under series production and have a range of between 38 km and 48 km.

No further details were provided about the dimensions or range of the new rocket variant, with the PIB stating only that the weapon was designed and developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune.

 

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