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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By : Defence News Admin

The Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAJ) is all set to enhance it's manufacturing capacity of Pinaka rockets from the present 1,000 rockets to 5,000 every year for the Indian Army.
  • The Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAJ) is all set to enhance it's manufacturing capacity of Pinaka rockets from the present 1,000 rockets to 5,000 every year for the Indian Army.

    Pinaka rockets is one of the major projects (of the OFAJ). The multiple rocket launcher has successfully been indigenised and production of Pinaka rocket is in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)," official sources said.

    "Pinaka rocket is operable at extreme conditions of temperature ranging from -10 degree centigrade to 55 degree centigrade. These rockets, with a payload of 100 kgs, have a striking range of 40 kms and can bring devastation around 500 meters of surrounding areas of the target. It has already been tested and inducted into the arsenal of the Indian Army. It is a mammoth project of the Ambajhari Ordnance Factory," they said.

    Very soon, construction work would commence for the extension project of Pinaka. Each Pinaka battery consists of six launcher vehicles, each with 12 rockets, six loader-cum replenishment vehicles, two command post vehicles with a fire control computer and radar.

    Pinaka saw service during the Kargil War, where it was successful in neutralizing enemy positions on the mountain tops. It has since been inducted into the Indian Army in large numbers.

    The 41 defence production units and factories under the Defence Ministry are engaged in the production of weapon systems, armoured personnel carrier, tanks and ammunitions and equipments required by the Indian Armed Forces and Para Military Forces in the country.


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