What is Pinaka Weapon System?

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According to defence officials, two South American countries have shown interest in the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers.

About Pinaka

  • Pinaka is a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL).
  • The Pinaka MBRL is designed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a laboratory of the DRDO.
  • It was first used during the Kargil War, where it successfully neutralised Pakistan Army positions on the mountain tops.
  • It delivers lethal and responsive fire against a variety of area targets, such as exposed enemy troops, armoured and soft-skin vehicles, communication centres, air terminal complexes, and fuel and ammunition dumps.
  • Features:
    • It consists of a multi-tube launcher vehicle, a replenishment-cum-loader vehicle, a replenishment vehicle, and a command post vehicle.
    • The rocket launcher has two pods containing six rockets each and can neutralise an area of 700 × 500 square metres within 48 seconds. 
    • The launcher system is supported on four hydraulically actuated outriggers at the time of firing. 
    • It has a range of 60 to 75 kilometers.
    • The system is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility.

Q1) What is the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)?

The DRDO is an agency of the Government of India responsible for the research and development of technology and equipment related to defense and military applications. Established in 1958, DRDO operates under the Ministry of Defence and plays a crucial role in enhancing India's defense capabilities by developing advanced technology, systems, and products.

Source: South American nations showing interest in Pinaka, DRDO working on developing it with strike ranges up to 200 km