A private company manufactured its first rocket after agreement with DRDO. Read more about the ammunition.

With full manufacturing being done by Private Sector and successful test firings by the army, single-source dependence on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will become a thing of the past. This will be a major boost to MAKE IN INDIA move.

In Pokharan on Wednesday the Pinaka rockets were tested at a firing range and achieved the desired results by hitting targets accurately. In a technology transfer agreement with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) the Private Sector manufactured the rockets.

According to the sources, the Pinaka rockets have been test-fired as a part of final developmental trials. Being the first ammunition of it’s kind and developed by the Private Sector in India, Economic Explosives Ltd.

It’s also a success story for DRDO who has been engaging with the Private Sector for the transfer of technology to developed systems.

Pinaka technology was transferred 5 years ago as part of the Make in India move and a push to Private Sectors in Defence Manufacturing, with the decision to split orders evenly with OFB. The Pinaka is a home developed multi-barrel rocket launcher system that is already in service with the Indian Army.

Additional two Pinaka regiments have been under procession since 2017 and would be developed by L&T and TATA Aerospace and Defence for an estimate of 4,500 Cr.

DRDO has successfully tested an extended range of Pinaka rocket that hits a target at a distance of 75Kms, a significant rise from the current range of  40Kms.