Upgraded indigenous Pinaka rocket with range of 70km successfully test fired

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Upgraded indigenous Pinaka rocket with range of 70km successfully test fired

An upgraded version of Pinaka rocket, with a guidance system and an enhanced range, was successfully test-fired from the Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur in Odisha on Wednesday.

“Two rounds of tests have been conducted and some more rounds have been planned,” said a defence source in Balasore.

The earlier Pinaka version, which was an unguided one, has now been upgraded into a guided version, with a navigation, guidance and control kit developed by the Research Centre, Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, he said.

The RCI comes under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to a source in the DRDO, the conversion helped in enhancing the range and accuracy of Pinaka.

If its range was earlier 40 km, it is more than 70 km now, he said.