India successfully tests ‘Pinaka – Extended Range System’

The Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System, Pinaka – Extended Range, was successfully tested at Pokharan range, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) revealed on December 11.

Pinaka extended range rocket being test fired in June 2021
An enhanced Pinaka rocket being test fired earlier this year © Government of India, GODL-India

Over the course of the last three days, a total of 24 ‘Pinaka – ER’ rockets were test-fired at different ranges with various warhead capabilities, the DRDO said in a statement, adding that its industry partner has now absorbed the technology to proceed with the series production of the system.

Pinaka – ER is an upgraded version of the Pinaka system that has been in service for the last decade. It is a multi-barrel rocket launcher that can fire a dozen rockets in less than a minute. It is mounted on a truck, and the mobility of the system makes it easy to deploy.

Pinaka on display in 2011 Republic Day Parade
Pinaka system on display during the Republic Day Parade in 2011 © Ministry of Defence (GODL-India), GODL-India

‘Pinaka – ER’ is jointly designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).

The Area Denial Munition (ADM) variants of munition designed by the ARDE and indigenously-developed proximity fuzes for Pinaka were also successfully tested.