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Successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II conducted. Capable of carrying both conventional & nuclear warheads upto a range of 1500 KMs. Shaheen-II fully meets Pak’s strat needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region. - ISPR

 

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Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II.
Rawalpindi - May 23, 2019
No PR-104/2019-ISPR

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Pakistan conducted successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II. The training launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads upto a range of 1,500 kilometers. Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.

Today’s training launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.

Chairman JCSC and Services Chiefs congratulated the Scientists and Engineers on conduct of today’s successful training launch. President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have also conveyed their congrats on the achievement.

Today’s training launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.

Chairman JCSC and Services Chiefs congratulated the Scientists and Engineers on conduct of today’s successful training launch. President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have also conveyed their congrats on the achievement.



 

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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.1

Shaheen 2 at a Glance
Originated from: Pakistan
Possessed by: Pakistan
Class: Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM)
Basing: Road-mobile
Length: 17.2 m
Diameter: 1.4 m
Launch weight: 23,600 kg
Payload: Single warhead, 700 kg
Warhead: 15-35 kT nuclear, HE, submunitions, chemical
Propulsion: Two-stage solid propellant
Range: 1,500-2,000 km
Status: Operational
In service: 2014-present
Hatf 6 Shaheen 2


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.3

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

 

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WDF EXCLUSIVE UPDATE-

Given the advancement in ABM's i.e. Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense systems, a warhead raining down, irrespective of its Mach speed, would be shot down pretty fast.

A saturation attack can overwhelm ABM systems, but is costly, both in financial terms as well as militarily. A cheaper and more lethal alternative, is to have a smart maneuverable warhead., that can dodge ABM's.

This is what the test was all about.

The next test will be with smart MIRV's

Following is a good illustration, of how smart warhead would operate:

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