SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Nagpur-based Economic Explosives Limited (EEL) is gearing up for a significant milestone as it prepares to conduct final user trials of the Guided Pinaka Rocket System within the next 1-2 months. Once these trials are completed, the Guided Pinaka Rocket System will move into the production phase, marking a transformative leap in India’s artillery capabilities.
The Guided Pinaka Rocket System represents an evolution from its predecessor, the unguided Pinaka system, the Guided Pinaka Rocket System now incorporates a navigation, guidance, and control kit developed by the Research Centre, Imarat (RCI) based in Hyderabad.
One of the standout features of the Guided Pinaka Rocket System is its remarkable range. With a base range of 75 kilometres, this advanced rocket system can deliver firepower to distant targets with unparalleled precision. Additionally, an extended version of the system is in the works, aiming to achieve an even more impressive range of 90 kilometres.
The Pinaka Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) has been a game-changer for the Indian Army. The original Pinaka Mark-I, with a range of 40 kilometres, and its enhanced version, Mark-II, with a range of 60 kilometres, have already demonstrated their potency in artillery operations. However, the transformation into the Guided Pinaka Rocket System takes this artillery capability to an entirely new level.
The infrastructure supporting the Pinaka MBRL is both robust and versatile. The system comprises a multi-tube launcher vehicle, a replenishment-cum-loader vehicle, a replenishment vehicle, and a command post vehicle, meticulously designed to ensure seamless coordination and swift deployment. Each launcher vehicle carries two pods, each loaded with six rockets, enabling the system to unleash a barrage of firepower, neutralizing a substantial area within a remarkably short span of 48 seconds.
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