Boost for 'Make in India' as Pinaka missile by private company undergoes successful test

The Pinaka rocket was tested at a firing range in Pokhran on Wednesday and satisfactory results were reportedly achieved with regards to accuracy.

Boost for Make in India as Pinaka missile by private company undergoes successful test
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New Delhi: The Pinaka missile manufactured by a private sector company has been successfully tested by the Indian Army, giving a major boost to the 'Make in India' initiative.


The Pinaka rocket was tested at a firing range in Pokhran on Wednesday and satisfactory results were reportedly achieved with regards to accuracy.


The Pinaka rockets have been manufactured by the private sector following a technical transfer agreement with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). 


Sources said that six Pinaka rockets were tested as part of the final developmental tests. The missile is manufactured by Economic Explosives Limited (EEL). It is the first such munition built by a private sector company in India.


It is also a success story for the DRDO, which is engaged in transferring manufacturing technology to home-grown systems with the private sector. 


Earlier, such munitions were imported by the public sector after repeated complaints of failure by the armed forces. The Pinaka technology was transferred to the private sector in defence manufacturing under the 'Make in India' initiative five years ago.


The Indian Army is in great need of such rockets, which are estimated to be over 1,000 annually. Pinaka is a home-grown multi-barrel rocket launcher system, already in service of the Indian Army. A process is underway for two additional Pinaka regiments from 2017, to be built by L&T and Tata Aerospace & Defense for an estimated Rs 4,500 crore.


The armed forces are considering creating alternative sources to reduce dependence on OFBs, which have a mixed track record. It is estimated that different types of privately produced weapons will be 20–30% cheaper.


DRDO has also successfully tested an extended range guided Pinaka rocket that can hit targets at a distance of 75 km, a significant boost from the current range of 40 km. 


Further upgradation of the missile system is in the pipeline, which is slated to increase its range to 90 kilometers and improve its accuracy as well.

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