SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In April this year (Indian Army wants ” Desi BM-21-Grad ” Multiple Rocket Launcher for Mountain terrain), idrw.org was first to break cover on the development of a Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments to replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory on request of the Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army.
DRDO has showcased a full-scale model of the upcoming 120mm Rocket along with the Pinaka MBRL family. MRPKS has been developed specifically for mountainous terrain where lighter 4×4 Trucks are easier to move then Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles. According to details revealed, MRPKS will be mounted on current in-service Trucks and can carry a minimum of 24 rockets each and has a range of at least 25km and accuracy of two meters at the target end. The Army has asked for a vertical launcher that has 360-degree deployment capability so that it has no crest clearance issues in hills.
Army has sanctioned 30 crores as the estimated development cost for one set of Ground Support Equipment and ammunition for validation of the Prototype equipment. MRPKS will be below Pinka Mk-1 which has a range of 40km.
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