New Delhi, Feb 29 : After prolonged and untiring efforts, the indigenously developed Pinaka multiple barrel rocket launcher developed by the DRDO, was formally handed over to the Indian Army today.
The Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Milan Lalitkumar Naidu, accepted the first consignment on behalf of the Army.
Sudipta Ghosh, Chairman and DG Ordnance Factories presided over the function held at the Ordnance Factory Chanda (OFCH), Bhadravati, in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district.
The Ordnance Factory will supply 300 Pinaka Rockets to the Army in the first year, and 1,000 rockets in 2009.
Pinaka, which is fired from, multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL), has an ideal range of 38 km.
The development of the Pinaka began in 1983. The system has a maximum range of 39-40 km and fires a salvo of 12 HE rockets in under 40 seconds, with a beaten zone of 3.9 square kilometres.
The system is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility. A battery of Pinaka consists of six launcher systems, six loader cum replenishment vehicles, three replenishment vehicles, a command post vehicle with fire control computer and meteorological radar.