On May 29, 2014, India successfully test-fired the indigenously-built Pinaka rockets from a defence base in Odisha, an official said. 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. Also Read - Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar Reopens For Devotees After Nine Months
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. Also Read - Odisha Woman Teaches Tribal Children For Free in Bhubaneswar, Holds Classes Near Their Dwellings
“It was a routine evaluation test. Three rounds of rockets were launched successfully,” said Test Range Director M.V.K.V. Prasad. Also Read - Pawsome! Newlywed Couple in Odisha's Bhubaneswar Feeds 500 Stray Dogs to Celebrate Their Wedding
Watch archive video of India’s Pinaka rocket launcher.