Pakistan test-fires Ghaznavi Missile
Pakistan carried a successful training launch of surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile called Ghaznavi on August 12, 2021.
- This training launch was aimed to ensure operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC).
- It was also aimed at re-validating the technical parameters of the weapon system.
- Missile Ghaznavi has the capability to deliver multiple types of warheads up to a range of 290 kilometres.
- In February 2021, the ASFC had conducted a ‘training launch’ of Ghaznavi under its annual field training exercise.
- This missile has been tested in both day and night modes. This indicates the high reliance of Army Strategic Force on the missile because it brings several Indian cantonments and military bases along the border within its range.
Ghaznavi is a Hypersonic surface to surface short range ballistic missile. It has been designed and developed by National Development Complex. The first version of the missile was inducted in service with the Pakistan Army’s strategic command in 2004. The missile has an optimal range of 290 km and has been named after 11th century Muslim Turkic conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni. It entered service with the Pakistan Army in 2012 following a successful launch by ASFC in 2012.
Specification of the missile
Missile has a length of 9.64m and a diameter of 0.99 m. Its launch weight is 5256 kg. It is powered by a single stage solid fuel rocket motor.