India successfully tests two Pinaka guided extended range rockets

India successfully test fired two guided extended range rockets from Pokhran ranges on Monday.

The Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) test fired the Guided PINAKA weapon system. The state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.

The DRDO tested the weapon system twice and systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path  and all the mission objectives were met.

The indigenously developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a statement to confirm the successful testing of the advanced missile guidance system.

The Pinaka rockets are from a 20-80 kilometer range. Each launcher vehicle can launch 12 rockets in 44 seconds. India aims to employ 12 regiments of the guided Pinaka missiles by 2026. Each Pinaka regiment consists of 3 batteries, each battery has 6 Pinaka launching trucks. So one pinaka battery can launch 72 rockets in all directions within 44 seconds. Literally taking down a 1 kilometer square area in less than a minute.

The tests were conducted in Pokhran which falls under the municipality of the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. This remote location in the Thar desert, and was the testing site for India’s first nuclear weapon system in 1974 and then again in 1998.