Kautilya Academy 01-09-2020
The contracts were signed with Tata Power Company, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, and Larsen and Toubro. The Pinaka Regiments comprised of 114 launchers with Automated Gun Aiming and Positioning System. The six Pinaka regiments are to be operationalized along the Northern and Eastern borders of the country. It will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army.
The induction of the six Pinaka regiments is to be completed by 2024.
The Pinaka multiple launch rocket system was indigenously designed and developed by DRDO. It is a flagship project that showcases public-private partnerships enabling Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher that was designed and developed by DRDO. It has a maximum range of 40 km for Mark-I and 75 km for Mark II. Pinaka was used in the Kargil war and was successful in neutralizing enemy positions.
Pinaka is to be operated in conjunction with Swathi Weapon Locating Radar. Swati was developed by India. It locates incoming artillery and determines the point of origin to counter-battery fire.
Pinaka II is a guided missile. It is being developed at Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune. It is equipped with a control kit and navigation guidance. It was successfully tested in Chandipur in 2013.
Israel has joined hands with DRDO to implement the Trajectory Correction System on Pinaka. There are also plans to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with Pinaka.
India is currently pushing the Make in India initiative after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with the Chinese troops in Ladakh. It is the most aggressive encounter with China since the 1962 war. Also, India is the second-largest importer of defense goods. Thus, the defense ministry is trying to cut the imports by boosting domestic manufacturers.