India test-fires long range Pinaka rocket system, will be deployed to counter China

India on Wednesday successfully flight-tested the enhanced version of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket system (MRLS).

Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the enhanced Pinaka along with guidance Pinaka will cover the range between 60 to 90 kilometres and will be deployed by the Indian Army.

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“A total of six rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives,” the DRDO said after the test-fire.

All the flight articles were tracked by range instruments such as telemetry, radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) which confirmed the flight performance, it further said.The enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-1 rockets. While Mk-1 had a range of 36 km, this enhanced variant can hit a target 45 to 60 km away and has been developed as per requirements of the Indian Army.

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