Pinaka – UPSC Prelims

Unguided Pinaka (Old Version):
  • Pinaka is an unguided rocket weapon area system (WAS) with a range of 40 km.
  • It meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.
  • It can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds with 1.2 tonnes of high explosives.
  • The battery of six launchers can neutralise at a time a target area of 3.9 sq km.
  • It has capability to incorporate several types of warheads making it deadly for the enemy as it can even destroy solid structures and bunkers.
  • The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of the system gives an edge to the Army during a low amount conflict situation.
  • It has been inducted into Indian Army.
Guided Pinaka (Pinaka-ER):
  • It is a transformed version of Pinaka
  • It is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit.  This conversion considerably enhances the range and accuracy of Pinaka.
  • The conversion has helped to enhance range of Pinaka to more than 70 km (from earlier 40 km) and accuracy to 50m (from earlier 500m).

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