| Pune |
Updated: November 5, 2020 12:15:58 am
AN enhanced version of the Pinaka Mk-1 missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on Wednesday.
DRDO officials said the enhanced version of the Pinaka Mk-1 system was taken up to achieve longer-range performance compared to the earlier design with lesser length. The design and development has been carried out by Pune-based DRDO laboratories — Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
The Enhanced Pinaka Mk-1 will eventually replace the Pinaka Mk-1 missiles, which are currently used by regiments of the Indian Army along India’s frontiers with China and Pakistan.
The test on Wednesday was in continuation of a number of missile trials conducted by the DRDO in the last two months. A total of 15 tests, over a vast spectrum of ranges and purposes, have been conducted during this period.
The Pinaka, a multi-barrel rocket-launcher (MBRL) system named after Shiva’s bow, can fire a salvo of 12 rockets over a period of 44 seconds. One battery…