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India test-fires 'Pinaka' again

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 29 -- For the second consecutive day, India "successfully" test-fired two more rounds of 'Pinaka', the indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket system, from the Proof and Experimental Establishment (P & E) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chandipur, about 15 km from Balasore in Orissa today.

Defence sources said the artillery rocket was test-fired at 11.05 am and 11.20 am, the sources informed PTI.

Developed at the Armament Research and Developed Establishment (ARDE)at Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the 10-feet- long ground target mobile launch rocket had been subjected to several tests since 1995.

It had already been inducted into the armed forces. The trial being undertaken now was aimed at improving the entire system and sub-system of rockets developed by the DRDO, the sources said. The sophisticated 'Pinaka' is an area weapon system aimed at supplementing the existing artillery guns at a range beyond 30 kilometers.

The unguided missile which was test-fired today was meant to neutralize a bigger geographical a bigger geographical area with its rapid salvo of rockets, the sources said.

::IRNA No.035 29/04/2005 20:25 --End

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