Hatf III short-range ballistic missile

The Pakistan Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) has conducted a successful training launch of the nuclear-capable, short-range ballistic missile (SBRM) Hatf III, from an undisclosed location.

The test launch represents the culmination of the command’s field training exercise, which was designed to evaluate the operational readiness of a strategic missile group, as well as upgrade various capabilities of weapon systems.

Pakistan Army Staff Chief general Raheel Sharif expressed confidence over the professional attributes of soldiers and also promised to maintain the high standards achieved by them during the exercise.

In addition, Sharif claimed that Pakistan has configured one of the best command and control systems (C2) and the Pakistan Armed Forces are fully capable of safeguarding the nation against any aggression.

The location of the test launch has not been disclosed by the Pakistan military’s public relations wing, Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR).

Also called Ghaznavi, the missile was test launched from the Sonmiani flight test range, located in Karachi, last month, as reported by Defense News.

"The test launch represents the culmination of the command’s field training exercise."

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.

The indigenously developed missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290km, and can also be equipped with a terminal guidance to help attack moving military units.

Believed to be based on the design of the Chinese M-11 missile, Hatf III 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 by the Pakistan Army. Photo: Copyrights 2014. ISPR.

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