Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pakistan successfully Tests Ghaznavi and Shaheen I Missiles

Pakistan today test fired two short-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads and striking Indian cities, with Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani saying it was time for the world to recognise his country as a "de jure" atomic power.

The armed forces conducted "training launches" of the Shaheen-I missile with a range of 650 km and the Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290 km at the conclusion of an annual field training exercise of the Army Strategic Force Command.

The tests carried out in the presence of Gilani were aimed at "testing the operational readiness of Strategic Missile Groups equipped with Ghaznavi and Shaheen missile systems," said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations.

Addressing troops in the exercise area, Gilani "emphasised that it is time for the world to recognise Pakistan as a de jure nuclear power with equal rights and responsibilities," the statement said.

Gilani demanded that the country be given a waiver by the Nuclear Suppliers Group for civil nuclear energy cooperation as "energy is a vital economic security need of Pakistan and nuclear energy is a clean way forward."

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani addressing the occasion after successful training launches of a Short Range Ballistic Missile Hatf III (GHAZNAVI) and a Medium Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV (SHAHEEN 1) on Saturday. (8-5-2010) – Photo ISPR



"Pakistan is capable of providing nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards, and this offer was also made at the Nuclear Security Summit" in Washington last month, he said.

Gilani said that "there is now a need for the world to move on beyond safety and security concerns. These were laid to rest at the Nuclear Security Summit (hosted by the US) where Pakistan forcefully projected her forthright stance on the issue and the world expressed satisfaction at Pakistan's nuclear security arrangements."

Pakistan had developed a "strong nuclear deterrence capability" and the armed forces are "fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan's security against all kinds of aggression," he said.

Gilani assured the military that his government will "continue to support the strategic programme and meet all its needs."

Both Ghaznavi, also known as Hatf-III, and Shaheen I, also known as Hatf-IV, can carry conventional and nuclear warheads and are capable of hitting Indian cities.

Apart from Gilani, the launch of the missiles was witnessed by a gathering that included Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Tariq Majid, naval chief Admiral Noman Bashir, Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt Gen (Retd) Kahlid Kidwai and senior military officials.The Shaheen-I was first tested in 1999 and entered service with the army in 2003.

8 comments:

Must say thanks to N.Korea /china , the real suppliers.

Atleast they work, agni 1 and 2 are still in develoment phase. Best to use proven tech, to make something reliable, then to make something that is joke like agni 2. Fuselage is too narrow, basic mistakes agni 2 guys made.

..An artellery Battalion of Pakistan in support of a Pakistani division fires an ABDALI Battle field tectical missile on a Intrigated Battle group I.B.g or an O.M.G in Soviet Terminology.the missle may have been nuclear tipped,

A pakistani artellery Brigade firing The Shaheen 1 Theatre specific solid state missile from its Tel Launcher on a Fox land Position May be a Main Air Base or main assembly area of a FoxLand Armour Division.The missle may be Thermo Nuclear tipped.

The cold start stretigy of the Indians in any case is not working.

Pakistan pocesses such missiles in abundance in a state of such radiness which can stop any of its enemies in its tracks

India should taken this fector into considration before acting as a conduit to his master,s voice

SU30

non of these missiles have any relationship with North Korea and they might had active help from china but these missiles are way different from Chinese counterparts as both missiles are heavier, lengthier powerfull and have different ranges and RVs designed to meet Pakistani requirements to counter India

Must be a nightmare for coward Indian army.

Asian Defence,
Interesting that you've posted this piece of information, which I have never seen on the web anywhere. Care to post your source for this?

AFAIK, the 80 Km Hatf-1 and 2 are the only missiles that pakistan's developed within the country. A simple visit to any serious source dealing with missiles will tell you that the chinese and north korean missiles are being peddled as pakistani systems.

One more thing. The short ranged M-11 from china is a quality product. But the M-9 and specially the others suffer from poor engineering and CEPs that are in kilometers. LOL.

If one bothers to even casually read the news, one will learn that the indian armed forces have been conducting user trials and field trials of all Agni missile variants.

Pakistan is not going to develop any longer ranged missile, because the chinese won't give them the tech for the higher impulse rocket engines and the north koreans haven't quite mastered it yet. Pakistan's indigenous efforts of course never mattered.

Divine said...

One more thing. The short ranged M-11 from china is a quality product. But the M-9 and specially the others suffer from poor engineering and CEPs that are in kilometers. LOL

My Friend

contrary to the common believe Hatf-III is not M-11 as both Hatf-III and M-11 missiles are have completely different dimensions weights, range and reentry vehicles. Pictures of Hatf-III are available on the internet and that is completely different missile then M-11

here are few Specifications

Official name: DongFeng 11 (DF-11)
Export name: M-11

Length: 7.5m (DF-11); 8.5m (DF-11A)
Diameter: 0.8m
Launch weight: 4,200kg
Warhead: 500kg HE
Range: 280~350km (DF-11); >500km (DF-11A)

Accuracy: CEP 500~600m (DF-11); <200m (DF-11A)

Specifications of Ghaznavi Hatf-III

Official name: Ghaznavi Hatf-III
Length: 9.64m
Diameter: 0.88m
Launch weight: 5256kg
Range: 290
Accuracy: CEP less then 58m (first batch)

Same is the case with Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II (both uses Terminal guidance system of very low CEP)

Only Pakistani missile that was produced directly by using foreign designs is Nodong (Ghauri) missile, This missile was purchased and produced locally to fill the gap of longrange nuclear capable missile untill newer and more capable Shaheen-II can be inducted.

Ohhh and I almost forgot

New Shaheen-I (used in this Test) had a new RV which looks to be an improved version of the RV used on Shaheen-II.

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