Odisha likely to produce Pinaka rockets

Bolangir: The Ordnance Factory at Badmal in Bolangir district is likely to get a new project to manufacture `Pinaka` rocket. This was indicated by the Director General of Ordnance factories and Chairman Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) S D Dimri here during his visit on Saturday.

"The new project on Pinaka is likely to come to the Ordnance Factory here at Badmal," Dimari told PTI at the sideline of a function here. Dimri was here to attend the 41st All India Ordnance and Ordnance Equipment Factories Athletic Meet. Stating that Pinaka rocket is only produced at Ordnance factory at Chanda having annual production capacity of only 1,000, Dimri said the Ministry of Defence has decided to increase production of the rocket.

"Accordingly, the Ordnace Factory Board (OFB) has given a?proposal to the ministry of defence to set up a new Pinaka project at the Ordnance factory, Badmal," Dimri said. Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Army. The system has a maximum range of about 35?km and can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds, neutralizing a target area of 3.9?square km. It`s mounted on a truck for mobility.

Pinaka was successfully utilised in the Kargil War, where it could neutralise enemy positions on mountain top. The capacity of proposed project will be 5,000 rockets per annum, he said. "The proposal?is under active consideration of the ministry of defence."