India successfully tests missile that can hit 75-km inside enemy territory

File Photo: India’s locally-made Pinaka rocket system.

New Delhi: India today successfully flight tested the indigenous Pinaka missile system that gives the armed forces capability to strike 75 km deep inside enemy territory.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Pinaka is an artillery missile system with precision strike capability.

The current test off Odisha coast involved the Pinaka MkII rocket that has been modified into a missile by integrating it with navigation, control and guidance systems.

The modification on the Pinaka rocket helps the weapon system with improved end accuracy and enhaced range, according to a DRDO statement issued here.

The navigation system of the missile is also aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

“The mission achieved all the objectives including enhancing the range, accuracy and sub-system functionality,” DRDO said.

The missile was fired from the Pinaka launcher system in a deployment configuration.

The flight article was tracked by multiple range systems, namely telemetry, radars, and electro-optical targeting system (EOTS), which confirmed the text book flight performance.

Among the DRDO laboratories involved in the joint development of the Pinaka missile include Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).

The trial was conducted under the supervision of RCI Director B. H.V. S. Narayana Murthy, ARDE Director Dr V. Venkateswara Rao, ITR Director Dr B. K. Das and PXE Director D. K. Joshi.

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