India to export Pinaka rocket launchers, ammunition to Armenia

India has reportedly signed a $250 million deal to export arms and ammunition to Armenia, which is currently engaged in a tense stand-off with its neighbour Azerbaijan.

According to the Economic Times newspaper, India will be sending indigenously developed multi-barrel Pinaka launchers, anti-tank rockets, and other range of ammunitions to the former Soviet region.

The Pinaka system has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and is manufactured by Indian private firms.

The rocket system, which is currently in service with the Indian Army, can fire a salvo of 12 rockets in 44 seconds.

Though this is the first time that India is exporting Pinaka missile system to another country, the south Asia nation has already exported weapons to Armenia.

In 2020, India had bagged a $43 million deal to supply four Swathi radars to Armenia.

These are weapon locating radars that can track incoming artillery projectiles and pinpoint the location of enemy gun positions for counter-action.