The Pakistan Army, on Thursday, announced that they had conducted a successful test of the Ghaznavi ballistic missile.
Moreover, in a tweet, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), wing of the Pakistan military announced that Pak army conducted a “night training launch” of the Ghaznavi missile. It described the Ghaznavi as being “capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290km”. Notably, the press release added that the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan had congratulated the team that tested the missile.
Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, capable of delivering multiple types of warheads upto 290 KMs. CJCSC & Services Chiefs congrat team. President & PM conveyed appreciation to team & congrats to the nation. pic.twitter.com/hmoUKRPWev
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 29, 2019
The experts describe the Ghaznavi missile as a derivative of the M-11 missile. Notably, China exported M-11C missile to Pakistan in the early 1990s. While having shorter range than other Pakistani ballistic missiles, it can be transported and launched via road-mobile vehicles. This makes it hard to detect and destroy before launch. Furthermore, the Ghaznavi was introduced into service in 2004. However, the missile, like other Pakistani ballistic missiles, bears its name after Islamic conqueror Mahmud of Ghazni.
In brief, the government on Wednesday issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) for the airspace around Karachi, where a major missile test facility is located.