Ghaznavi (missile)

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Ghaznavi (Hatf-III)
Type Short range ballistic missile (SRBM)
Place of origin  Pakistan
Service history
In service March 2004 [1]
Used by Pakistan Army
Specifications
Weight 5,256 kg
Length 9.64 m
Diameter 0.88 m
Warhead Conventional high explosive or nuclear warhead

Engine Single-stage solid fuel rocket motor
Propellant Solid fuel
Operational
range
320 km
Launch
platform
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,[1] 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.[citation needed] It is believed to be based on a Chinese design, the M-11 (NATO reporting name: CSS-7).[1][2][3]

Operational history[edit]

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).[1] In May 2012, one more successful test of the missile was conducted as part of a training exercise.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Missiles of the World
  2. ^ Pakistan Missile Update - 2003
  3. ^ Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems
  4. ^ Joshua, Anita (10 May 2012). "Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 10 May 2012.