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The Ghauri missile artistic depiction (second right) by U.S.'s MDA
Type Inter-mediate range
Place of origin  Pakistan, China
Production history
Designer Kahuta Research Laboratories
Designed 1999–2004
Manufacturer Kahuta Research Laboratories
No. built None; Cancelled
Variants Ghauri-I (1998); Ghauri-II (1999)
Warhead HE/NE
Air Burst or Contact (Surface)

Propellant Liquid
Inertial guidance, GPS
Transporter erector launcher (TEL)
Missile Silo

The Ghaur-III (Urdu:غورى–ااا; Hatf-VIII), was a codename of a program to developed land-based surface-to-surface intermediate range ballistic missile in a response to India's Agni-III missile.

Development began in KRL as primarily based on multistage liquid fuel system with a planned stage of range of over 3,000km (1,864.1mi). The program was scaled down in 2004 which eventually led to its full termination. Results of the program remains classified and no production is believed to have been undertaken.


The KRL pursued the development on liquid fuel rocket system, which resulted in development of Ghauri-I and Ghauri-II.[1] The Ghauri program owes its existence largely to the efforts of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan who secured its funding from the Pakistan government.[2] The Ghauri program was aggressively pursued along with the Shaheen program to reach as far as eastern region of India.

As like Shaheen program, Ghauri also shrouded in secrecy where information regarding the existence of the program relied heavily on the reports of news media. Very little details were made public, Ghauri was presumed to be road mobile, being transported and launched by a transporter erector launcher. The warhead was believed to be HE/NE which was to be guided by an IGS system.

In May 2004, it was rumored that the missile system would take its first test flight in June of that year.[3][4] However, no test occurred and speculations continued.[5] Similarly in 2009, it was again reported that the missile system would be taking its first test flight in August of that year but again no test took place.[6]

The program was eventually scaled down and it remains to be classified until the existence of the program was made public by dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan's memoir published on 28 May 2011.[7] Development on Ghauri program was completed around 50% but the funding for the program was halted in 2004.[7] Although Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan held President Pervez Musharraf responsible for capping the program, on the other hand, the Shaheen program continued to progress well.[8]

In contrast to liquid-fuel systems that have less advantage in comparison to solid-fuel rockets.[8] In 2015, the Shaheen-III was eventually revealed and successfully landed in Arabian sea.[9]

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  2. ^ Bokhari, Eas. "Ghauri" (Hatf -V) and World Missiles". Defense Journal, 1998. Retrieved 11 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Pakistan to Test-Fire Ghauri III Missile in October — Daily," BBC Monitoring International Reports, 30 August2004; in Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, 30 August 2004,
  4. ^ news agencies (21 May 2004). "Pak Ready To Launch 3,500-km Ghauri-III Missile In June". India Today,2004. India Today. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan Plans to Test-Fire Ballistic Missile on 3 June," BBC Monitoring International Reports, 21 May 2004; in Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, 21 May 2004,
  6. ^ "Pakistan to Test-Fire Ghauri III Missile in October — Daily," BBC Monitoring International Reports, 30 August 2004; in Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, 30 August 2004,
  7. ^ a b Khan, Abdul Qadeer (28 May 2011). "Musharraf stopped funds for Ghauri-III missile saying: "Do you want to destroy Israel"". News International, 2011. News International. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Ansari, Usman (17 November 2008). "Pakistan Pushes To improve Missile Strike Capability" Check |url= value (help). Defence News, 2008. Defence News. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference Defence_News.2C_2005 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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