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The Indian Army is taking a critical step towards strengthening its artillery capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. This move involves the deployment of two new regiments equipped with the indigenously developed Pinaka Multi Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Pinaka MLRS is a long-range weapon system designed for swift and precise delivery of firepower. These regiments will significantly enhance the Indian Army’s ability to engage targets deep within enemy territory.

While the initial plan envisioned raising these regiments by 2024, the current focus is on a faster deployment. Sources have confirmed that the process for raising two regiments is already underway and is expected to be completed within the next 6-9 months. This accelerated timeline reflects the importance placed on bolstering border defenses in light of ongoing tensions along the LAC.

The deployment of these Pinaka regiments is a strategic response to the ongoing border standoff in Eastern Ladakh. These highly mobile and powerful rocket launchers will be stationed along the northern borders, joining the four Pinaka regiments already operational along the western and northern frontiers.

In military terminology, an artillery unit is often referred to as a regiment. Each Pinaka regiment typically comprises three batteries, each equipped with six launchers. This configuration allows for a devastating salvo of 72 rockets launched within a mere 44 seconds, effectively neutralizing enemy positions within a 1000m x 800m area. Additionally, upgraded versions of Pinaka ammunition boast an extended range of 75 kilometers with enhanced precision.

The deployment of these Pinaka regiments signifies a crucial step towards India’s self-reliance in defense technology. The Pinaka system, developed by DRDO, represents a significant advancement in domestic arms production.