The Pinaka Rocket
converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch
Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur today. 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 and accuracy 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. The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE
Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range
and launch support.
Dr. K.M. Rajan, Director ARDE, Pune, Shri B.H.V.S. Narayana Murthy,
Director, RCI, Hyderabad, Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ITR, Chandipur and
Shri R. Appavuraj, Director, PXE, Chandipur monitored the launch
operations. An Armed Forces team witnessed the flight test. Dr. G.
Satheesh Reddy, SA to Raksha Mantri was present during the test firing.
Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar has congratulated the DRDO,
industry and the Armed Forces for the successful flight-test. Shri P.K.
Mehta, DG (ACE) and Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Deptt. of Defence R&D
and Chairman, DRDO, also congratulated all the teams that participated
in the successful test firing.