Jaisalmer: The ‘Make in India’ upgraded Pinaka Mk-I User (Enhanced) Rocket System (EPRS) surface-to-surface extended range flight-testing was conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army at Pokhran Firing Range in Jaisalmer district on November 7 and 8.
Accuracy and consistency were achieved by the rockets, meeting all trial objectives satisfactorily. With these trials, the initial phase of technology absorption of EPRS by the industry has successfully been completed and the industry partners are ready for user trials and series production of the rocket system.
The enhanced Pinaka MK-1 is an upgraded version and has a range of more than 30 km. The 15-foot long rocket weighs around 280kg and can carry warheads up to 100kg, sources said.
Official sources said, “The DRDO, along with the army, conducted indigenous (made by private sector) user enhanced range Pinaka rocket surface-to-surface trials with various warhead capabilities.”
Official said, “The EPRS is the upgraded version of the Pinaka variant which has been in service for the last decade. The system has been upgraded with advanced technologies enhancing the range to meet emerging requirements.” Sources said the rockets will help replace imports from Russia and would be offered by India to friendly nations for exports.