Pakistani Armed Forces on Thursday, conducted a successful training launch of its new surface to surface ballistic missile, Ghaznavi, that can transport several kinds of warheads, ranging from conventional to nuclear, to the maximum range of 290 kilometers, a press release issued by military’s media wing, ISPR said.
The ISPR statement to the media added that “the training launch was a part of Field Training Exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command with an aim to highlight its war readiness and operational superiority during day and night”.
Pakistan has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface Ghaznavi ballistic missile capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290 kilometres, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said#ARYNews #Ghaznavi #ISPR
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The training launch ceremony was graced by the presence of Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command and Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.
“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,” the statement added.
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.
Ghaznavi, codenamed Hatf-III is a surafce to surface, nuclear capable short range ballistic missile designed and developed by National Defence Complex (NDC), with its first version in service of Pakistan Army since 2004. The missile was named after the 11th century Muslim Turkic conqueror “Mahmud of Ghazni” who invaded and conquered India.
Previously, Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of Ghaznavi missile on August 28, 2019.
#PakistanArmy’s strategic forces conducted a successful training launch of the 290-kilometre range #ghaznavi ballistic missile #ISPR
The missile is capable of delivering conventional or nuclear warheads and the training launch was part of a field training exercise.
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Ghaznavi can carry up to 700 kilos maximum to its said range. Ghaznavi, if equipped with terminal guidance, however, can increase its accuracy to 50 m CEP. It uses a single-stage solid propellant engine.