A Hatf III missile.

The Pakistani Army has successfully conducted a training launch of its nuclear-capable Hatf III short-range ballistic missile (SBRM) from an undisclosed location.

Witnessed by several military and civilian officials, it marks the completion of the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) strategic missile group’s annual field training exercise.

The Pakistan military’s Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) did not specify the location, but it was most likely carried out at the Sonmiani flight test, located in Karachi, Defense News reported.

Pakistan Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman general Rashad Mahmood said the launch further strengthened the defence potential of the country, in addition to ensuring peace in the region.

Expressing satisfaction over the training goals achieved, Mahmood also expressed the hope that the personnel entrusted with the task of deterring aggression would continue to maintain professional excellence.

"The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290km."

Powered by a single stage solid-fuel rocket motor, the Hatf III is a short-range, road mobile ballistic missile designed for long-range strikes against targets, such as military bases, airfields and production facilities.

Also called Ghaznavi, the indigenously developed missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290km, and can be equipped with a terminal guidance to help attack moving military units.

The missile, which is believed to be based on the design of the Chinese M-11, entered service with the Pakistan Army in 2012 following a successful launch conducted by the ASFC in May of the same year.

Image: A Hatf III short-range ballistic missile being launched. Photo: Copyrights 2014. ISPR.

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