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First Pinka rockets produced by private sector successfully test fired

In a major boost for Make in India, the first ever rockets fully manufactured by the private sector have been successfully test fired by the army, signalling that single source dependency on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will soon be a thing of the past. The Pinaka rockets were tested at a firing range in Pokharan on Wednesday and achieved the desired results by accurately hitting targets. The rockets have been manufactured by the private sector after a technology transfer agreement with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Sources said that six Pinaka rockets were test fired as part of the final developmental trials. The rockets have been manufactured by Economic Explosives Ltd (EEL) and are the first munition of its kind made by the private sector in India. They are also a success story for DRDO that has been engaging with the private sector to transfer manufacturing technology for home developed systems. In the past, munitions of this class have either been imported or have been manufactured by the public sector, with repeated complaints of failure by the armed forces. As part of the Make in India drive and push for the private sector in defence manufacturing, the Pinaka technology was transferred five years ago, with a decision taken to split further orders evenly with OFB. The army has a large requirement for rockets of this class, which is pegged at over 1,000 units annually. The Pinaka is a home developed multi barrel rocket launcher system that is already in service with the Indian Army. An order for two additional Pinaka regiments has been under process since 2017, which will be made by L&T and Tata Aerospace and Defence for an estimated Rs 4,500 cr. The armed forces have been looking at creating alternate sources for munitions to reduce dependency on OFB that has had a mixed track record. Industry estimates peg that privately manufactured munitions of different variety would cost 20-30% cheaper than the OFB fixed pricing. DRDO has also successfully tested an extended range guided Pinaka rocket that can hit targets at a distance of 75 km, a significant boost from the current range of 40 km.
Private sector is the key to success!! Private sector => competition which leads to improvement because you either perform or perish!
 

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I have never heard of 'Economic explosives ltd'. So did some googling. They are a subsidiary of Solar industries ltd. The company HQ is nagpur and company is listed in stock exchanges. Not only Pinaka but they are also a supplier for Akash & Brahmos. They are primarily a manufacturer of explosives for industrial purposes.

Official website - https://solargroup.com

Forbes india has done a profile of the company. Interesting article - https://www.forbesindia.com/article...ries-india-is-seeing-explosive-growth/57889/1

I wish them more success and realise of our dream of indigenous MIC.
 

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Solar Group and Godrej to scale up Production of Pinaka Rockets by over 5000 per year
After Ordnance Factory, Chandrapur found it difficult to scale up production of the Pinaka rockets from 1,000 rockets in 2012 to 5,000 every year for the Indian Army, In 2016, Godrej & Boyce was roped in to design and develop a new automated assembly line for the production of Pinaka Rockets. New images of the Godrej & Boyce’s Pinaka assembly line at Ordnance Factory, Chandrapur was made available to media showcasing commencement of its full operations. The automated assembly will not only enhance the production capacity but would also be more efficient as it seeks to do away with most of the manual operations. The assembly line has automated safety features and facilities for monitoring the quality of production. As India’s commitment in developing self-reliance in production across strategic sectors gathers speed, our business units are partnering with defense organizations like Ordnance Factories to engineer new automated solutions that will increase our def production” Jamshyd N Godrej. Solar Group’s Economic Explosives Limited (EEL) soon could have the second line of an automated assembly line for the production of Pinaka Rockets after Army and DRDO successfully test-fired 6 Pinaka Rockets manufactured by them after Transfer of Technology (ToT) license granted from DRDO to EEL. EEL now can bid with Ordnance Factory, Chandrapur for future orders from the Indian Army, which till now was exclusively manufactured by the Ordnance Factory, Chandrapur since 2007. Sources close to idrw.org have informed us that plans to scale Pinaka rocket production to 5000 per year were planned in 2012 when Ordnance Factory was able to manufacture only 1000 per year. EEL now can manufacture 3000 rockets per year alone which with Ordnance Factory will be able to surpass yearly requirements once orders start flowing. Over the years DRDO along with the Indian Army developed much more advanced Pinaka Mk-II with an improved range of 75km and Guided Pinaka with a range of 90km since the Indian Army wants to acquire 22 Pinaka regiments which needed scaling up of production as the older Grad MLRS regiments are retired. Each regiment consists of three batteries of Pinaka launchers, 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. At present Indian Army has around 16 Regiments which it wants to be around 22 in the next 3-4 years. With additional manufacturing capabilities been established and available now, DRDO can now boost and scale up the production of the Pinaka Rockets now, DRDO now plans to scout for the International buyers since the system is already cleared for Export from the Government of India and many countries have shown interest in the rocket in the past but talks could not be carried forward due to production constraints and bulk orders from the Indian Army.
 

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DRDO completes key process relating to Pinaka missiles production
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday kick started a key process for production of Pinaka rockets, launchers and related equipment, officials said.


They said the DRDO handed over to the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) all relevant details for mass production of the Pinaka rocket systems.


The DGQA is responsible for ensuring quality specifications and standards of all defence equipment.


“An important milestone was achieved today when Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP) responsibility of Pinaka weapon system was handed over by DRDO to DGQA,” the defence ministry said in a statement.


The AHSP is the authority responsible for collecting, collating and analysing key defence items in accordance with the laid down procedure.


Pinaka is a free flight artillery rocket system having a range of 37.5 km.


Pinaka rockets are launched from a multi barrel rocket launcher which has a capability to launch 12 rockets in 44 seconds. The weapon system is designed and developed by Pune-based DRDO lab, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE).
 

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