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India Successfully Fires Guided Pinaka
 
India Successfully Fires Guided Pinaka

According to the statement issued by the defence ministry, Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur on January 12. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka. This conversion has considerably enhanced the range of Pinaka. “The test-firing has met all mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path”, said the defence ministry statement. The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

K.M. Rajan, director ARDE, Pune, B.H.V.S. Narayana Murthy, director, RCI, Hyderabad, B.K. Das, director, ITR, Chandipur and R.Appavuraj, director, PXE, Chandipur monitored the launch operations. An armed forces team witnessed the flight test. G. Satheesh Reddy, scientific advisor to the defence minister was present during the test firing.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has congratulated the DRDO, industry and the armed forces for the successful flight-test. P.K. Mehta, DG (ACE) and S. Christopher, secretary, department of defence R&D and chairman, DRDO, also congratulated all the teams that participated in the successful test firing.

 
 


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