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Hatf-9 Nasr

Nasr is a solid fuelled tactical ballistic missile. Nasr is a very common Arabic name, usually translated as "Victory". NASR carries nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy. The ISPR described the system as “Multi-tube Ballistic Missile” because the launch vehicle carries multiple missiles. NASR, with a range of 60 Kilometer and in-flight maneuver capability is a quick response system, with shoot and scoot attributes. Additionally NASR has been specially designed to defeat all known Anti Tactical Missile Defence Systems.

The missile has been developed to add deterrence value to Pakistan’s Strategic Weapons Development program at shorter ranges. This quick response system addresses the need to deter evolving threats. It contributes to the full spectrum deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios.

This 60 km range battlefield missile is meant to be used with Tactical Nukes – not Strategic – to stop advancing armor division’s entering into the country. Many strategic planners in New Delhi were of the opinion that there may exist loopholes in the Pakistani postures which can be exploited in the Indian Cold Start Doctrine to quickly capture Pakistani territory. This missile lowers the nuclear threshold and is a tactical nuclear weapon. The Americans deployed similar short range battlefield nukes in Europe against the Soviets – to underscore the will to go nuclear against a larger invading force. This posture would seek to use nucler weapons to halt a conventional assault by a superior force, while risking escalation from the battlefield to cities.

Strategic Technology Resources Chief Executive Officer Dr Shireen Mazari said in February 2013 that the testing of the ballistic missile was a significant and well-timed move. In strategic terms, Mazari said, India's ‘cold start’ doctrine had now been rejected in name and it sustained conceptually and simply reformulated as various war-fighting formulations demonstrated in “our military exercises envisaged the use of rapid deployment of armed brigades and divisions in surprise; rapid attacks directly undermined Pakistan's ability to rationalise a one-rung escalation ladder as it now lacked credibility”. She termed NASR as counter to India's limited war doctrine. "That NASR has not yet been inducted allows both the countries to bring the issue of doctrines to the table of a strategic dialogue, along with the other issues."

On 19 April 2011 Pakistan successfully conducted the 1st flight test of the newly developed Short Range Surface to Surface Multi Tube Ballistic Missile Hatf IX (NASR). The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Mr Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

On this occasion, the Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai said that the test was a very important milestone in consolidating Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability at all levels of the threat spectrum. He said in that hierarchy of military operations, the NASR Weapon System provides Pakistan with short range missile capability in addition to the already available medium and long range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in its inventory. The successful test was warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

On May 29, 2012 today conducted the test fire of indigenously developed Short Range Surface to Surface Multi Tube Missile Hatf IX (NASR). The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman NESCOM Mr Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Senior Officers from the Strategic forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

The Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), terming the NASR Missile as a weapon of peace, said that the test was a major development which will consolidate Pakistan’s deterrence capability at all levels of the threat spectrum, thereby ensuring peace in the region. The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by the President, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

On February 11, 2013 Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR). The test fire was conducted with successive launches of two missiles from a state of the art multi tube launcher. The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant General Triq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the armed forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Addressing the scientists, engineers and military officers of Strategic Organizations, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee congratulated them on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state of the art weapon system. He said that Pakistan’s Armed Forces were fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan’s security against all kinds of aggression. The successful test was appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR) on November 05, 2013. The test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 x missiles (Salvo) from a state of the art multi tube launcher. The test was witnessed by the Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM, Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations. The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, congratulated the scientists and engineers on this outstanding achievement which consolidates Pakistan's deterrence capability.

On September 26, 2014 Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR). The test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 x Missiles from a state of the art Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode.

The flight test was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan, Chairman NESCOM, Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Addressing the participants at the launch area, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood, congratulated the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone towards Pakistan's deterrence capability. He appreciated the professional attributes of all concerned which made possible the successful launch of Weapon System. He showed his full confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Pakistan Armed Forces capability to safeguard security of the Mother Land against any aggression. The successful test launch was warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan who congratulated the participating troops, the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.




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