Sunday, May 07, 2006

The 214mm Pinaka MBRL firing its payload of rockets, during a user evaluation by the Indian Army. Although advertised with a maximum range of 38 km, the Pinaka has achieved ranges up to 42 km during user trials. Each rocket is of 214mm calibre, is 4950mm long, weighs 276 kg and carries a 100 kg warhead. Minimum range is 10 km and the overall CEP (Circular Error Probable) is less than 1-2% of the total range

The 214mm Pinaka MBRL is an all weather, indirect fire, free flight, area saturation weapon system that has begun to enter service with the Indian Army. It consists of a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) vehicle with 12 tubes, three replenishment vehicles, a loader cum replenishment vehicle and a fire control system containing a command post and the DIGICORA MET eadar. A battery of six launchers can turn an area of 1000 x 800 meters into melted Swiss cheese in less than 44 seconds.

The Pinaka program has a lot of contribution from the private sector. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Ltd. claim credit for building the 2-axis DC servo drive for the Pinaka, while TATA Advanced Materials Ltd. (TAML) have developed launcher tubes and containers for the rockets and missiles. TATA Power's Strategic Electronics Division (SED) also developed the prototype Pinaka launcher which underwent extensive user field trials


At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Col VT Venkatesh(retd) said...

As the person who has done the trials on the equipment, hope the software has been improved to include fire misson planning


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