Manufacturing of Pinaka rockets not fully stabilised even after 10 years of production: CAG

NEW DELHI: Indigenously manufactured Pinaka rockets remained unused until July last year as its supply to the Army was halted due to some errors, a report by the CAG has said.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report tabled in Parliament today, said the production of Pinaka rockets has not been fully stabilised even after the completion of 10 years of production.

Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket launching system developed by Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), for the Indian Army with a range of 38 km.

Production of Pinaka rockets by Ordnance Factories (OFs) commenced in 2007-08.

The report said that excessive short-ranging of Pinaka rockets were observed during proof firing in March 2011, October 2011, April 2014, March 2015 and December 2015.

Failure Analysis Board (FAB), constituted by ADRE, recommended in its January 2016 report that the root cause of failure of the rocket was probably due to structural failure of the warhead which could be due to quality errors in manufacturing process. (AGENCIES)