India tests multi-barrel rocket launcher ‘Pinaka’

August 13th, 2008 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Balasore (Orissa), Aug 13 (IANS) India successfully tested Wednesday an advanced version of the indigenously built multi-barrel rocket launcher ‘Pinaka’ from a defence base in Orissa, officials said. The multi-barrel rocket launching system (MBRLS) was tested from the Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) in Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, some 230 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

“It was a product launch,” S.P. Dash, director of the Chandipur defence base, told IANS over telephone. PXE is part of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Capable of firing 12 rockets in a single salvo with 1.2 tonnes of high explosives within 40 seconds, the Pinaka system has already been tested on the field during the Kargil war.

“The developed version is a sophisticated shoot-and-scoot high mobility system. The test today (Wednesday) was aimed at improving the system and sub-system,” defence officials said.

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