• Recently, the Pinaka Extended Range (Pinaka-ER) Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) was successfully test-fired by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

About Pinaka Extended Range System: Today Current Affairs

  • Pinaka, a multi-barrel rocket-launcher (MBRL) system named after Shiva’s Dhanush, is capable of one salvo fire of 12 rockets in a duration of 44 seconds.
  • The new version is more powerful and advanced technology than its previous version and is lighter in weight than its previous version.
  • The new trial of Extended Range System can achieve a range of up to 45 km which is a major achievement for the Indian Army.
  • The existing Pinaka system in service in the Army has a range of 35-37 km.

Pinaka: The Hindu Analysis


  • The development of the ‘Pinaka’ multi-barrel rocket system was initiated by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in the late 1980s. It was developed as an alternative to Russia’s ‘Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher’ system (also known as ‘Grad’).
  • After the successful trials of Pinaka Mark-1 in the late 1990s, it was successfully used on the battlefield for the first time during the Kargil War of 1999. This was followed by several regiments of the system in the 2000s.
  • The Defense Research and Development Organization has also developed and successfully test-fired the Mk-II and Guided variants of the Pinaka, which have a range of about 60 km, while the Guided Pinaka system has a range of 75 km and also has an integrated navigation, control and guidance system.
  • The navigation system of the Guided Pinaka missile is also aided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
  • In the year 2020, an improved version of the Pinaka Mark-1 missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

In this article we mention all information about Pinaka Today Current Affairs. The Hindu Analysis.

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