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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army has proposed, local development of Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments and to also replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory.

Need for MRPKS was felt by Indian Army due to limited usage of current Pinaka and Smerch Multiple launcher Rocket system in the mountainous terrain due to poor road development in these areas which prevents deployment of Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles, which are used for mounting Pinaka (214 mm) and Smerch (300mm ) MLRS systems in this regions.

Indian Army has asked for development of 4×4 in-service light trucks to be used to mount a new rocket system which can carry minimum 24 rockets each and has a range of at least 25km and accuracy of two meters at the target end. The rocket should have onboard guidance system and a passive IR terminal guidance and should be a fire and forget system.

The Army has asked for a vertical launcher which has 360-degree employment capability, which also 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.

BM-21 Grad MLRS is a 122mm multiple launcher rocket system procured from the Soviet Union it had a range of 20km and is mounted on a 6×6 wheeled Truck. India as of 2016, had around 150 BM-21 Grad MLRS still in use with Indian Army. Ashok Leyland Stallion 4×4 Trucks and Tata Model LPTA 713 TC (4×4) are most used Light Trucks of the Indian army operated in the mountain terrain.

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