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Hatf-7 Babur GLCM / C-602

The Babur Ground Launched Cruise Missile [GLCM] is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features. It has the same external dimensions as the US Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM). It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities. It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enhances its precision and effectiveness manifolds.

On June 5, 2012 Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of the multi tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) having a range of 700 kms. The missile was launched from a state of the art multi tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV) which significantly enhances the targeting and employment options of Babur Weapon System in both the conventional and nuclear modes.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, scientists and engineers. The test will consolidate Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability, and further strengthen national security. The successful test was also warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

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Other than the color scheme, the missile shown in the images appears to be a Chinese C-602, which is the export variant of the domestic YJ-62. The C-602 is a medium-range anti-ship/land-attack missile, which has a stated maximum range of 280 km and is armed with a 300 kg high-explosive semi-armor-piercing (SAP) warhead.

The TEL vehicle used to fire the ASCM featured three container launch units (CLUs) and is also almost identical to that used by the YJ-62 mobile coastal defence system operated by China’s People’s Liberation Army. The TEL vehicle has a main front cab, a separate rear command cab, a power-generation system, and an elevating launch platform holding the three CLUs. Although arranged differently and of a different coloration, the CLUs also appear to be exactly the same as those used by the Chinese Navy’s Luyang II (Type 052C)-class destroyers.

Babur Weapon System is an imported and modified Chinese C-602 shore-based anti-ship cruise missile. The nature and extent of the modification is evident in the press release. Pakistan ordered about 120 C-602 anti-ship cruise missiles from China in 2009. The first batch of the missiles, enough to equip a company, were delivered in 2011. The Naval Missile Regiment is divided into companies, each with a defined AOR along the coast. After personnel completed training on using the missiles, the Pakistani government said that the C-602s had already been deployed by frontline naval units. PN got an upgraded version of C602 that is the longer range YJ62 that with 400+ km range with 450kg warhead. The C-602 relies on INS/GPS guidance and switches to seeker at terminal stage. So it needs to be fed with a location or waypoints to navigate. When its in seeker detection range of target switches to own guidance.

Some sources suggest the Babur is based on Kh-55SM/Korshun LACM, which had been developed by Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk-based Yuzhnoye State Design Bureau, with detailed production engineering data bought from Kiev in 2001

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