SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In a significant milestone for India’s defense industry, Ordnance Factory Ambajhari, a unit of Yantra India Limited under the Ministry of Defence Enterprise, successfully flagged off the first consignment of Pinaka Mk-I Enhanced Rockets for export. The historic event took place on October 5, 2023, in the presence of key stakeholders, with Shri Somnath Tripathy officiating the ceremony.
The Pinaka Mk-I Enhanced Rocket System (EPRS) represents an upgraded version of the highly regarded Pinaka variant that has been in service with the Indian Army for the past decade. This enhanced system incorporates advanced technologies designed to extend its range, making it even more capable of meeting evolving operational requirements.
One of the most notable developments in this endeavor is Armenia’s decision to place orders for three distinct variants of the Pinaka rocket system. This significant deal is valued at $250 million and encompasses the procurement of four batteries. Armenia’s choice reflects the versatility and effectiveness of the Pinaka system, which can adapt to various operational scenarios.
The three Pinaka variants included in Armenia’s procurement are as follows:
- Pinaka Mk-I: This variant offers a range of 37.5 kilometers, providing a reliable and effective solution for various military applications.
- Pinaka Mk-I Enhanced: Building on the success of the original Mk-I, this enhanced version boasts an extended range of 45 kilometers, making it even more versatile and suitable for a broader range of missions.
- Guided Pinaka: The most advanced among the three, the Guided Pinaka variant features an Inertial Navigation System and satellite navigation guidance, resulting in an impressive range of 75 kilometers. Its precision and extended reach make it a formidable asset for modern armed forces.
The contract for these four Pinaka batteries was finalized in September 2022, marking a historic moment as the first contract for an Indian-made Multi-Barrel Rocket Launch (MBRL) system with any country. Each battery of the Pinaka system comprises six launch vehicles, with each launch vehicle equipped with 12 rockets. Additionally, a loader vehicle, Digicora Met radar, and network-based systems for communication and command posts are integrated into the overall system.
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