Hatf 6 “Shaheen 2”
The Hatf 6 “Shaheen 2”
is a medium-range, road-mobile, solid-fueled ballistic missile. It appears to be a two-stage version of the Hatf 4 (Shaheen 1)
design, using a modified Hatf 4
as the second stage motor and RV. It is believed that the Hatf 6 is based on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) M-18, though this has not been confirmed
Shaheen 2 at a Glance
Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM)
Single warhead, 700 kg
15-35 kT nuclear, HE, submunitions, chemical
Two-stage solid propellant
The Shaheen 2 has a reported range of between 1,500-2,000 km.2
It is 17.2 m in length, 1.4 m in diameter, and has a launch weight of 23,600 kg.
The RV has four small motors to improve accuracy, an approximately 350 m CEP, and maneuverability upon re-entry. It is designed to carry a single warhead payload weighing 700 kg, though reports suggest that payloads up to 1,230 kg have been developed. Increasing the payload weight, however, may shorten the missile’s range.
The Hatf 6 warhead can be equipped for a nuclear yield between 15 and 35 kT.
There are also provisions to deploy the missile with conventional high explosives (HE), submunitions, fuel-air explosives (FAE), or chemical agents.
It is launched from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), that is similar to the Russian MAZ-547V which was used to launch the Russian’s SS-20 Saber
The Shaheen 2 was first displayed in March 2000 and first tested in March 2004. Several subsequent tests have taken place, with a final “training launch” occurring in November 2014, after which the missile became operational.4
The Shaheen 2 (Hatf 6) is a Pakistani medium-range ballistic missile. It appears to be a two-stage version of the Shaheen 1 design, using a modified Shaheen 1 stage as the second stage motor and RV. It is believed that the Shaheen 2 is derived from the People’s Republic of China (PRC)-developed...