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India successfully test-fires Pinaka rockets

Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday successfully test-fired the indigenously-built Pinaka rockets from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.

Pinaka rockets
Pinaka rockets. File pic

Three rounds of rockets were fired from the multi-barrel rocket launching system (MBRLS) at the Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) in Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, around 230 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

Capable of firing 12 rockets in a single salvo with 1.2 tonnes of explosives within 40 seconds, the Pinaka system has already been inducted into the armed forces and was used in the field during the 1999 Kargil war.

"It was a routine evaluation test. Three rounds of rockets were launched successfully," test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.

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