Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) successfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan.
Pinaka rocket systems was named after Pinaka,the bow of Lord Shiva.
Pinaka Mark I is an indigenous multi-barrel unguided rocket launch system for firing of multiple warheads.It was used in the 1999 Kargil conflict.It has a range of 40 km.
Pinaka Mark I was later transformed in to a short-range precision guided missile and thus renamed as Guided Pinaka – Mark II.It has high accuracy and equipped with a navigation, guidance and control system with a range of 70 to 80 km.
The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.The unique feature of the Pinaka versions tested is the integrated avionics system.It consists of an (a)on-board mission computer (b)miniaturised navigation system and (c)telemetry.