Enhanced version of Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets which are currently under production

Giving boost to the country’s defence capability, India on Wednesday successfully flight tested an enhanced version of Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a total of six Pinaka rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives.

Development of an enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to earlier designs with reduced length.

All the flight articles were tracked by range instruments such as telemetry, radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems which confirmed the flight performance.

The design and development has been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, namely Armament Research and Development Establishment, ARDE and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, HEMRL, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.