Thursday, May 29, 2014

Indian Missile News

BALASORE (ODISHA): India's indigenously developed Pinaka rockets were on Thursday successfully test-fired thrice from a multi-barrel rocket launcher at an armament base in Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from here.

"Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested from the proof and experimental establishment ( PXE) at Chandipur," defence sources said.

Pinaka, which has undergone several tough tests since 1995, has been inducted into the armed forces and the present trials were conducted with some improvements in the system, the sources said, adding some more tests are likely to be held.

The unguided rocket system is meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.

The rockets with a range of 40 km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier, were developed to supplement artillery guns, the sources said.

The quick reaction time and high rate of fire of the system give an edge to the Army during a low-intensity conflict situation, they said.

The system's capability to incorporate several types of warheads make it deadly for the enemy as they could even destroy solid structures and bunkers.

The Pinaka system with a battery of six launchers can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds and neutralise a target area of 3.9 sq km.

In July last year, some advanced, second generation Pinaka Mark II Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher System had undergone successful trials at Chandhan area in Pokhran field firing ranges in western Rajasthan and are in development stage, the sources said.

The development and trials of the advanced system would continue and the rocket was expected to enter service very soon, they said.

India's Supersonic Akash Missiles Intercept Moving Targets in Test

Bhubaneswar: India's supersonic, medium-range surface-to-air Akash missiles on Wednesday successfully intercepted fast moving targets in ripple mode in a test carried out from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.

The missiles were launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur in the coastal Balasore district of Odisha, about 230 kms from Bhubaneswar, on towed body targets of Lakshya (pilot-less target aircraft) moving at "low altitude far boundary" and ripple mode missions.

"The missiles intercepted the fast-moving and manoeuvring small radar cross-section (RCS) targets within small interval of five seconds in ripple mode," Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta told IANS.

Indian Air Force teams operated the deliverable Akash missile system including targets, he said.

The missiles were successfully guided by multifunction phased array radar developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) of the DRDO and produced by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

The missiles, developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) along with 13 other DRDO laboratories, were produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited.

The launchers were developed by R&DE (Engrs), a DRDO lab and produced by Tata Power and L&T, he added.

Avinash Chander, scientific advisor to the defence minister, congratulated all the teams from DRDO, production agencies and Indian Air Force for successfully organizing the event and fulfilling the mission objectives of the evaluation tests on deliverable equipment, said Gupta.

Various industries across the country are engaged in production of Akash subsystems of military grade or aerospace quality systems and have emerged successfully in meeting the stringent requirements, he added.

The 700-kg all-weather missile Akash can carry a 60-kg warhead at speeds of up to Mach 2.5. It can operate autonomously and simultaneously engage and neutralise different aerial targets.

It can be launched from static or mobile platforms, enabling flexible deployment by the armed forces

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