India tests Pinaka missile again for low range accuracy

Photo: India’s indigenous Pinaka missile being tested at Chandipur.

New Delhi: For the second consecutive day, India today carried out test-firing of the Pinaka missile from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha coast, this time at a low-range to test its accuracy.

Just yesterday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had carried out the tests on the indigenously developed missile, including for its full range of 75 km.

The today’s mission was to test the missile at low range for the functioning of the live warheads, along with the proximity initiation and salvo launch.

“Two Pinaka missiles were launched in salvo mode with 60 seconds interval between two firings. Both the missiles were fired to engage a target located at 20-kilometre range and high accuracy was achieved,” a DRDO statement said.

The missile was integrated with live warhead with proximity fuse and was tracked by multiple range systems viz. telemetry, radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS), which confirmed the text book flight performance.

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