Indian Army completes successful trial of indigenous Pinaka rockets

The Indian Army successfully completed the trial of indigenously developed Pinaka rockets.

The Pinaka rockets have a range of over 45 kilometres (India Today photo)

The Indian Army successfully completed trials for the indigenously developed and manufactured Pinaka enhanced range rockets. This comes as a major success for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts for ‘Make in India’.

The rockets will help replace imports from Russia and would be offered by India to friendly nations for exports.

The trials of the new rockets were done extensively at Balasore and Pokhran over the last couple of weeks. The state-owned Munitions India Limited and Nagpur-based Economic Explosives Limited (EEL) met all user requirements during the trials.

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The enhanced Pinaka rockets have a range of over 45 kilometres, up from older variants that could reach around 35 kilometres. The rockets were developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

This is the first time that rockets produced by the private sector have been accepted for service since defence manufacturing has been opened to non-governmental players. “The project showcases that the private sector can deliver when it comes to the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision. This has been possible with the continuous guidance of DRDO and handholding by the Army,” said Satyanarayan Nuwal, chairman of EEL.

In the past, munitions of this class have either been imported or have been manufactured by the public sector, which could never completely meet the annual requirements of the armed forces.

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