|Type||Short range ballistic missile (SRBM)|
|Place of origin||Pakistan|
|In service||March 2004 |
|Used by||Pakistan Army|
|Warhead||Conventional high explosive or nuclear warhead|
|Engine||Single-stage solid fuel rocket motor|
|Transporter erector launcher (TEL)|
The Hatf-III named Ghaznavi Missile (Urdu: غزنوی میسایل) is a short range ballistic missile (SRBM) with an optimal range of 290 km, produced by Pakistan and named after the 11th century Muslim Turkic conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni. The missile has a length of 9.64m, diameter of 0.99 m, launch weight of 5256 kg and is powered by a single stage solid fuel rocket motor. It is believed to be based on a Chinese design, the M-11 (NATO reporting name: CSS-7).
The Ghaznavi was reported to have been test-launched in late September/early October 2003 and was reported to be ready for service in March 2004. Another test launch occurred in late November 2004, with two more on 9 December 2006 another on 13 February 2008 and 8 May 2010; the 2008 test was believed to have concluded a winter training exercise of Pakistan's Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC). In May 2012, one more successful test of the missile was conducted as part of a training exercise.
In February 2006, the Government of Afghanistan delivered a complained to Pakistan over naming its lethal ballistic missiles after Afghan kings and rulers (i.e. Abdali, Ghaznavid and Ghauri), arguing that their names should be bracketed with academic, cultural and peace-promoting institutions, not with tools of destruction and killing. However, Pakistan declined to change the missiles' names stating that these Muslim rulers are considered heroes in Pakistan as well, and naming missiles after them is not controversial.
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- Pakistan Missile Update - 2003
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- "Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile". Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- ‘Stop naming missiles after Afghan heroes’
- Kabul objects to Pakistani missile names
- Pakistan hijacked our heroes, says Kabul
- BBC NEWS, 23 February 2006