|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.
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- Pakistan Missile Update - 2003
- Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems
- Joshua, Anita (10 May 2012). "Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 10 May 2012.