Pakistan test-fires Hatf-IX missile

Hatf-IX is a tactical missile with a range of 60 km, designed to defeat all known anti-tactical missile defence systems

PTI
Updated11 Feb 2013
A file photo of Hatf-V missile tested by Pakistan in 2012. The Hatf-IX or Nasr, which has &#8220;inflight manoeuver capability&#8221;, can carry &#8220;nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy&#8221;.  Photo: AFP <br /><br />
A file photo of Hatf-V missile tested by Pakistan in 2012. The Hatf-IX or Nasr, which has &#8220;inflight manoeuver capability&#8221;, can carry &#8220;nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy&#8221;. Photo: AFP (AFP )

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday successfully tested the nuclear-capable Hatf-IX tactical missile with a range of 60 km, designed to defeat all known anti-tactical missile defence systems.

add_main_imageThe test consisted of “successive launches of two missiles from a state-of-the-art multi-tube launcher”, the military said in a statement describing the test of the short range surface-to-surface missile as successful. The Hatf-IX or Nasr, which has “inflight manoeuver capability”, can carry “nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy”.

“This quick response system, which can fire a four missile salvo, ensures deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios. Additionally, Nasr has been specially designed to defeat all known anti-tactical missile defence systems,” the statement said. NextMAds

The test was witnessed by joint chiefs of staff committee chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Strategic Plans Division chief Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Army Strategic Forces Command chief Lieutenant General Triq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the armed forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

The statement did not say where the test was conducted. Addressing scientists and military officers of strategic organisations, Wynne congratulated them for a high standard of proficiency in operating the Nasr weapon system.

He said the armed forces were “fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan’s security against all kinds of aggression”. The successful test was appreciated by the President and Prime Minister, who congratulated the scientists and engineers. The first test of the Hatf-IX was conducted in April 2011.

At that time, experts and analysts said the short-range nuclear-capable missile was primarily aimed at deterring India’s Cold Start military doctrine, which envisages quick thrusts by small integrated battle groups in the event of hostilities.

Experts said the Hatf-IX would be deployed with a mobile multi-barrel launch system that has “shoot and scoot attributes”, or the ability to fire at a target and immediately relocate to another position to avoid enemy counter-fire.

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