Pakistan Conducts Training Launch of Ghaznavi Nuclear-Capable Short-Range Ballistic Missile

Pakistan has conducted a successful training launch of its Hatf III Ghaznavi nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Jan. 23, the country’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The training launch was witnessed by Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Director General Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.

According to ISPR, this launch was carried out as part of a training exercise of the Pakistan Army’s Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) and was “aimed at rehearsing operational readiness procedures during day and night.”

Director General Strategic Plans Division appreciated the operational preparedness of Army Strategic Forces Command for displaying a very high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the weapon system. He also expressed full confidence in the robust Strategic Command and Control System and the capability of Strategic Forces.

The President, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Services Chiefs have congratulated the nation on this landmark achievement.

The Ghaznavi (official codename: Hatf–III Ghaznavi) missile is designed and developed by Pakistan’s National Development Complex (NDC). The missile is named after the 11th-century Muslim Turkic conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni and the word Hatf means deadly or vengeance in Arabic.

The surface-to-surface missile (SSM)has a length of 9.64m, a diameter of 0.99 m, a launch weight of 5256 kg and is powered by a single-stage solid-fuel rocket motor (SRM). It is believed influenced by Chinese design, the M-11 (NATO reporting name: CSS-7). The missile is capable of delivering both nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 290 kilometers.

The latest version of the missile entered service with the Pakistan Army in 2012 after a successful launch conducted by ASFC on May 10, 2012.

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