Pakistan Launched Surface-To-Surface Ballistic Missile Ghaznavi

06 February 2021 Current Affairs:

Pakistan successfully tested its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile named Ghaznavi. The missile was tested on February 3, 2021.

Highlights:
♦ The strike capability of ballistic missiles can reach 290 kilometres.
♦ The Ghaznavi missile was launched to commemorate the culmination of the Army Strategic Forces Command’s annual field training exercise.
♦ The Ghaznavi ballistic missile can launch nuclear warheads and conventional warheads with a range of up to 290 kilometres.
♦ The missile has been tested for day and night modes.
♦ Pakistan also tested the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III on January 20, 2021. The missile has a range of up to 2,750 kilometres.

Ghaznavi missile:
It is a ground-to-ground short-range ballistic missile. The missile was designed and developed by the National Development Complex. The missile has a range of 290 kilometres. The missile is named after Mahmud, the Muslim Turkic conqueror of Ghazni in the 11th century. The missile entered service in the Pakistan Army in 2012. 
The Army Strategic Command entered service after a successful launch in 2012. Its length is 9.64 m, and the diameter of the missile is 0.99 m. The launch weight of the missile is 5256 kg. The missile is powered by a single-stage solid-fuel rocket engine. The design of the missile was influenced by the design of the Chinese M-11 missile.

National Defense Complex (NDC): It is also called a national development complex. NDC is a state-owned defence and aviation contractor in Pakistan. The complex is located in Fateh Chang, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. It was established in 1990.

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