Indian Army to buy Pinaka Rocket Launchers

Indian Army is hopes to induct another eight regiment of the indigenously-developed truck-mounted Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) systems by 2022 and is looking at increasing the number to 22 within a decade to add firepower to its artillery. Each regiment consists of three batteries of six Pinaka launchers, in addition to support vehicles, radar and a command post in addition to support vehicles, radar and a command post. Each Launcher is  capable of launching 12 rockets with a range of 40 km in a space of 44 seconds. As of now, the Cabinet Committe on Security (CCS) in Sept 2016 cleared the raising of the third and fourth Pinaka regiments at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore ($441 million) and order placed on Tata Power SED and L&T. Also the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) last month cleared a Request for Proposal (RFP) for six additional regiments at a cost of Rs 14,633 crore. The Pinaka system is designed and developed by India’s TPSED and L&T, in association with Armament Research and Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.


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