214mm multi-barrel rocket system / India
Pinaka, a multi-barrel rocket system, was developed at the DRDO and is
in production for the Indian Army. This area weapon is used to
supplement current field artillery as well as add some capability beyond
their typical 30 km range.
The self-propelled, truck mounted system is equipped with 12 rockets
contained in two pods. The complete system also includes a command post
vehicle, a munitions carrier / reloader and a meteorological and radar
Pinaka rockets weigh 276kg and are 4.95 meters long and 214mm in
diameter. They carry a 100 kg warhead, which can be either a unitary
warhead, or a cargo container filled with AP bomblets, mines or
incendiary munitions. Rockets can be fired at ranges from 10 to 38 km.
The control unit incorporates the same Trajectory Correction System that
has recently entered service with the MLRS
operated by the Israel Defense Forces. This TCS
can handle trajectory correction for multiple rockets improving their
effectiveness, accuracy and survivability.