Enhanced PINAKA rocket, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been successfully flight-tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on 04 November 2020. Development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve range in excess of 45 km. The design and development have been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, ARDE and HEMRL.
A total of 06 rockets were launched in quick succession and the tests met complete mission objectives. Rockets tested have been manufactured by M/s Economic Explosives Limited, Nagpur, to whom the technology has been transferred. All the flight articles were tracked by Range instruments such as telemetry, radar and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems which confirmed the flight performance.
An enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets which are currently under production.