Pakistan Tests Nuclear-capable Ghaznavi Missile
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Pakistan Tests Nuclear-capable Ghaznavi Missile

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Image Attribute: Press Release No 141/2021, Pakistan conducted the training launch of Ballistic Missile-12 Aug 2021 | ISPR Youtube Screengrab from ISPR's official channel

Image Attribute: Press Release No 141/2021, Pakistan conducted the training launch of Ballistic Missile-12 Aug 2021 | ISPR Youtube Screengrab from ISPR's official channel

On August 12, 2021, Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile  - Ghaznavi (Hatf III) - from a transporter erector launcher (TEL). The missile has the capability to strike targets up to 290 kilometers.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, the training launch of the ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’ was executed to ensure "the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command, besides re-validating technical parameters of the weapon system".

Pakistan Tests Nuclear-capable Ghaznavi Missile

The launch of the ballistic missiles was witnessed by Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lt Gen Muhammad Ali; senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command (AFSC), and scientists and engineers of other strategic organizations.

Ghaznavi is a Hypersonic surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile designed and developed by the Pakistani state-owned National Development Complex, with the first version in service with the Pakistan Army's strategic command since 2004. It's believed to be influenced by a Chinese design, the M-11 (NATO reporting name: CSS-7).



NOTE:

Earlier this year, in January, the ASFC conducted a flight test of Shaheen-III surface to a surface ballistic missile, having a range of 2750 kilometers. Later in February, Ghaznavi was test-fired as part of the Pakistan Army's annual field training exercise. And in March, another nuclear-capable Shaheen 1-A (strike range of 900 kilometers) surface-to-surface ballistic missile was test-fired.

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