The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday kick-started a key process for the production of Pinaka rockets, launchers, and related equipment.
They said the DRDO handed over to the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) all relevant details for the mass production of the Pinaka rocket systems.
“Another milestone was achieved when Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) responsibility of the Pinaka weapon system was handed over by DRDO to DGQA,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
Pinaka is a free flight artillery rocket system having a range of 37.5 km. Pinaka rockets are launched from a multi-barrel rocket launcher which has the capability to launch 12 rockets in 44 seconds. The weapon system is designed and developed by the Pune-based DRDO lab, Armament Research, and Development Establishment (ARDE).
The Pinaka multiple launch rocket system has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is a “flagship project showcasing public-private partnership under the aegis of Government of India (DRDO & MoD) enabling ‘Aatmnirbharta’ [self-reliance] in cutting edge defence technologies”, the ministry stated.
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The Tata Group and L&T had bagged the first order to produce the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher back in 2006.
The Pinaka rocket system quickly proved its worth for the Indian Army with its precision and devastating strikes, neutralizing enemies sitting on mountain tops.
Pinaka indigenously developed a rocket system named after Lord Shiva’s bow. Pinaka was first conceived in 1981, as an answer to the Indian Army’s requirement for a long-range artillery system.
Initially, the Ministry of Defence approved two confidence-building projects and the actual development could only begin in 1986 with a sanctioned project-budget of Rs 26.47 crore. After it proved its combat capabilities in 1999, a dedicated Pinaka MBRL regiment was raised in February 2000.