The Pakistani Army has successfully conducted a new training launch of the indigenously built Ghauri medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).
Aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of the command, the trial was conducted by the Army Strategic Forces Command’s Strategic Missile Group in presence of senior officers from strategic plans division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.
Pakistani Army strategic plans division director general lieutenant general Zubair Mahmood Hayat expressed full satisfaction over the standard achieved by the strategic forces during training.
According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the soldiers demonstrated their ability to efficiently handle the weapon system in the field and also fulfilled all pre-specified operational and technical objectives.
The missile is believed to have been fired from the transporter erector launcher from Tilla Test Range in Jhelum District, Pakistan.
Developed by Khan Research Laboratories under the Pakistani-integrated missile research and development programme, Ghuari 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.
Designated Hatf-V, the missile is claimed to be a variation of North Korea’s Rodong-1 missile, and has been manufactured into two variants, Ghauri-I and Ghauri-II, which has increased motor assembly length and improved propellants, and a maximum range of 2,300km.
Development of the third variant, Ghauri-III, which was planned to have a range of more than 3,000km, was cancelled for reasons unknown.
Ghauri missile was last test launched under the supervision of the new strategic command and control support system (SCCSS) in November 2012.
Image: The Ghauri ballistic missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300km. Photo: Copyright 2015. ISPR.