Pakistan test-fires Hatf-III missile

Posted in Broader Middle East | 30-Nov-04 | Source: (Pakistan)

Pakistan's surface-to-surface solid-fuel missile HATF-III Ghaznavi takes off.
KARACHI, Nov 29: Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired indigenously developed short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf-III, Ghaznavi, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued here on Monday said.

This was the third test of Ghaznavi missile which like other available Pakistan's missiles, is capable of carrying nuclear and other types of warheads to a range of 290 kilometres.

The test was a part of a series of tests planned to be conducted in order to verify certain parameters and to further refine different sub-systems of the missile, the ISPR press release said.

The flight data collected indicates that all design parameters had been successfully validated, it said. Neighbouring countries had been informed prior to carrying out the test, it added.

PRIME MINISTER: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Monday that strong defence would lead the country on the road to progress and development. Talking to PTV after the successful test-firing of the Ghanznavi ballistic missile, he said: "Today I am happy as the country has successfully test-fired Ghanznavi missile."

The prime minister congratulated scientists, engineers, officers and other staff of all organizations involved in the development of the missile on their outstanding achievement. He said the country's defence capability would be further improved as it was the best guarantee of peace in the region. -APP/AFP