Pakistani Army test launches Hatf-V ballistic missile
The Pakistani Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC) has successfully tested the domestically manufactured, medium-range Hatf-V (Ghauri) ballistic missile (MRBM).
The test-firing was conducted at an undisclosed location by the Strategic Missile Group at the end of ASFC's annual field training exercise, which was aimed at validating the command's operational readiness.
Monitored by the National Command Centre (NCC) through the National Command Authority's strategic command and control support system (SCCSS), the launch further strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capabilities and national security, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Proficient weapon system handling and high-accuracy was demonstrated by ASFC personnel during the training launch, the statement added.
The fully automated SCCSS provides persistent situational awareness in a digitised network-centric environment to the NCC decision makers, ensuring robust command and control capabilities (C2) of all strategic assets, as well as remotely monitoring missile flight paths in real-time.
Developed by Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) under the Pakistani-integrated missile research and development programme, the Hatf-V is a single-stage liquid fuel rocket motor-propelled ballistic missile, capable of carrying both 700kg conventional and nuclear warheads at a range of 1,300km.
Claimed to be a variation of North Korea's Rodong-1 missile, Ghuari has been manufactured into two variants, Ghauri-I and Ghauri-II, which have a maximum range of 2,000km.
Pakistan currently possesses 30 to 70 nuclear warheads, as well as short and medium-range ballistic missiles.
Image: Pakistani Army's Hatf V medium-range ballistic missile during its launch. Photo: courtesy of ISPR.