PREMIUM: India ignites production of Pinaka II rocket systems
The Indian MoD is procuring Pinaka Mk II multiple rocket launchers developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for artillery regiments of the Indian Army.
The order for Pinaka launchers, battery command posts and associated engineering support package has gone to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for four regiments’ worth, and for another two regiments to Tata Strategic Engineering Division. Induction is to be completed by 2024.
This is the first time the Pinaka system will be equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit.
Government-owned BEML was simultaneously awarded a contract to supply 330 heavy-duty trucks for the Pinaka project, valued at around $126 million. BEML confirmed that the vehicle platform, manufactured at its Palakkad plant in Kerala, 'will be supplied to the MoD within a span of three years’.
The Pinaka Mk I with a range of 40km was used during the two-month armed conflict with Pakistan in 1999 in the mountainous Kargil area. It has since been inducted into the Indian Army in large numbers. The DRDO recently conducted trials to increase the range of the Pinaka Mk II to 120km.
L&T has already executed similar orders from the MoD, earlier supplying two regiments of Pinakas. JD Patil, senior executive VP for defence and smart ...
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