Tungsten supply glitch hits Pinaka rockets


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Nov 18, 2012
Tungsten supply glitch hits Pinaka rockets - The Times of India
NAGPUR: A foreign vendor haggling over prices has hit the production of Pinaka rockets, an important weapon system of the artillery. The rockets are made in the ordnance factories including that in Ambajhari and are also suitable for mountain warfare.
Its warheads are filled withtungsten balls to enhance lethality and can be fired up to a range of 40 kms. However, supply of processed tungsten, whichcomes from France, has been held up as the international prices of the metal have shot from around $35 a kg to close to $50 in recent times. Thesupplier now wants higher rates and ordnance factory is not willing to shell out the extra amount.This has affected supply of tungsten hampering the production of rockets, saida source closely involved with the affairs.
The production has sloweddown, said a source in the factory. The army has ordered over 1,500 rockets. However, the current output is almost half of the required quantity. This is almost 30% less than last year's tally in same period, the source said.
Responding to TOI query, a senior officer of the Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) cadre admitted the stalemate over tungsten prices."Such problems are routinein course of production and we will overcome it soon," he added. The government is scouting fornew vendors but a decision has not been taken yet, added another source.
Earlier, the chairman of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) had called for self-sufficiency in processing of tungsten. Headded that at present its non-availability had not led to a shortfall in production of Pinaka rockets but dependence onforeign vendors was a matter being addressed. Tungsten is key material inmaking of warheads. Warheads are filled with thousands of tungsten balls which disperse when the rocket hits the target.
This is pre-fragmented high explosive type warhead usually used in the rocket. The tungsten balls are supposed to have a capacity of creatingdamage in an area of over10,000 square metres. Another warhead that throws out burning fragments has also been developed.
Tungsten is a preferred due to its hardness. It is processed and received inpowdered form and then made into balls at the ordnance factory. It is alsoused as an armour piercing material in tank shells. Pinaka rockets have been designed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). After over a decade of being taken for development, the OFB got an order for bulk production in 2007.
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great news thats we should think why we are depend on other

Kunal Biswas

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May 26, 2010
HE version in production is good enough..

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