Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army.It entered in Service in 1998 as a 40 km range system and consists of 12 rockets mounted on an 8X8 truck with NBC protection.An improved variant with 65 km range rockets is currently in service.

Whereas The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (M270 MLRS) is an armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher; a type of rocket artillery first delivered to US Army in 1983 and has been adopted by several  NATO countries. Some 1,300 M270 systems have been manufactured in the United States and in Europe, along with more than 700,000 rockets.

Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Features Comparison

Pinaka is a complete Multi barrel Rocket launcher System consists of six launcher vehicles, each with 12 rockets; six loader-replenishment vehicles; three replenishment vehicles; two Command Post vehicle (one stand by) with a Fire Control computer, and the DIGICORA MET radar. A battery of six launchers can neutralize an area of 1000 m x 800 m.

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Whereas  A unique feature of the M270 is that it has got no launching rails. Rockets are fired straight away from containers. Each disposable container holds 6 rockets. Rockets can be stored in containers without any maintenance for up to ten years. Vehicle carries two such containers with a total of 12 rockets.

General Specifications

General Specifications

India Pinaka MLRS

US M270 MLRS

Entered Service 1998 in Indian Army 1983 in US Army
Designer DRDO Vought Corporation
Rocket Weight 275 kg 375 kg
Number of Tubes 12 of 214 mm Caliber 12 of 227 mm Caiber
Firing Range 2-45 km 2-40 km
Reloading Time 5-7 min 5-10 min
Rate of Fire 12 Rockets < 44 sec 12 Rockets < 40 Sec
Speed oF Rockets 80 km/h (50 mph) 64.3 km/h (40 mph)

Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Mobility of Two MLRS

The Pinaka multiple launch rocket system is mounted on the Tatra Kolos high mobility truck, license produced at Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML). Cab is fitted with NBC protection system for the crew. Rockets can be launched from the driver’s seat or remotely up to 200 m from the vehicle.It can also perform shoot-and-scoot missions.

Whereas The M270 is based on the modified M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis. Vehicle is powered by the Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine, developing 500 horsepower. It has an armored hull, protecting the crew against small arms fire. It is also fitted with an NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

Indian Army Pinaka vs US Army M270,MLRS Multi Launch Rocket System Compared,Controversy

Armament/Rockets

The Pinaka launcher has two pods with 12 tubes for 214-mm rockets. The standard rocket is around 4 m long and weights around 275 kg. The standard rocket is fitted with HE-FRAG (High Explosive Fragmentation) warhead. Eight types of warhead were to be developed, including incendiary warhead and cluster warheads with anti-tank and anti-personnel submunitions.

Whereas in US M270 The standard 227-mm HE-FRAG rocket is 3.96 m long and weights 307 kg. The M270 also fires two types of cluster rockets, fitted with anti-tank submunitions and the AT-2 anti-tank mines. Warheads are interchangeable. It also fires newly developed guided munitions at a range of 60 – 100 km.

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Vivek Bhardwaj
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  • Shashank Sharma

    Good comparison.


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