Pakistan launched its new surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’

Pakistan successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile called Ghaznavi. The missile was test fired on February 3, 2021.

Highlights

  • The ballistic missile has a striking capability of up to 290 kilometres.
  • The Ghaznavi missile was launched to mark the culmination of Annual Field Training Exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command.
  • The ballistic missile Ghaznavi can deliver the nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 290 kilometres.
  • The missile has been tested for both day and night modes.
  • Pakistan has also test-fired the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III on January 20, 2021. This missile has the range of up to 2,750 kilometres.

About Ghaznavi Missile

  • It is a surface-to-surface short range ballistic missile.
  • The missile has been designed and developed by the National Development Complex.
  • The missile has the range of 290 km.
  • The missile has been named after the 11th century Muslim Turkic conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni.
  • The missile commissioned into service with the Pakistan Army in the year 2012.
  • It entered into service after a successful launch by Army Strategic Command Force in 2012.
  • It has a length of 9.64m and 0.99 m is the diameter of the missile.
  • The launch weight of the missile is 5256 kg. this missile is powered by a single stage solid fuel rocket motor.
  • The design is the missile is influenced from a Chinese design called M-11.

National Defence Complex (NDC)

It is also known as the National Development Complex. NDC is a Pakistani state-owned defence and aerospace contractor. The complex is based in Fateh Jang, Rawalpindi in Pakistan. It was Founded in the year 1990.

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