The Extended Range Pinaka is an improved version of earlier Pinaka rockets that have been in service with the Indian Army for the past decade.
On Friday, the Pinaka extended range multi-barrel rocket launcher system (Pinaka-ER) was successfully tested at Pokhran Range.
The system was designed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Armaments Research and Development Laboratory and the Pune-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory.
The Extended Range Pinaka is an upgraded version of earlier Pinaka rockets which have been in service with the Indian Army for a decade.
The system has been designed in light of emerging requirements with advanced technologies enhancing the range.
In June, DRDO successfully tested improved range versions of locally developed Pinaka rockets and 122mm caliber rockets from a multi-gun rocket launcher (MBRL) on the Integrated Test Area (ITR). from Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
At the time, 25 improved Pinaka rockets had been launched in rapid succession against targets at different distances on Thursday and Friday. All the objectives of the mission were achieved during the launches. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the improved range version of the Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at ranges of up to 45 km.
The PTI news agency had quoted an official as saying that development of the improved Pinaka system has been resumed for longer range performance. All flight items were tracked by various distance instruments to verify the accuracy of the rockets hitting the target.