Pakistan Nuclear & Missile Development and News


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US approves Sidewinder and Harpoon missile sales to Pak

Mon, 9 May 2005, 19:45

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration has authorised the sale of Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to Pakistan.

The missiles will upgrade stockpiles of older versions of each missile, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement issued today.

Pakistan is seeking 40 AGM-84L air-launched Harpoons and 20 RGM-84L surface-launched versions of the missile in a deal worth up to $180 million, the military said.

The Pakistani Navy uses an older version of the missile and the US statement said the newer missiles are less likely to hit noncombatant targets in a naval engagement. The prime contractors on the deal are the Boeing Company’s St. Louis, Missouri operation and Delex Systems of Vienna, Virginia.

In addition, Pakistan wants to buy up to 300 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, which fighter aircraft use against other planes.

The deal is worth up to $46 million and the prime contractor is Raytheon Systems in Tucson, Arizona. The deal will allow Pakistan to fly armed surveillance aircraft along its western border, the military said. Afghanistan and Iran are west of Pakistan.

‘‘The Pakistani Air Force currently lacks this self-defence capability. These missiles are needed to allow Pakistan to defend its borders, participate in coalition operations and exercises and operate a modern Air Force,’’ the military statement said. —PTI

JF-17s from China

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday that it would produce four planes of the JF-17 fighter aircraft, capable of carrying short range missiles, being manufactured in collaboration with China. The process will begin next year and the serial production will start from 2007, chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Air Marshal Aurangzeb and chief project director of JF-17 Air Vice Marshal Shahid Latif announced. —PTI
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At this stage PAF lacks both short range and BVR missiles.PAF do have capibility of WVR combat but PAF lacks BVR missile targetting capibility,after this PAF must concentrate on the BVR missiles which is need of the hour.


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Re: Pakistan Missile Development and News

Search, this has been posted before and this is from MAY.


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France to extend help to Pakistan in N-tech

France to extend help to Pakistan in N-tech

Envoy says two countries discussing sale of Mirage-2000

By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

ISLAMABAD: France is engaged in discussions with Pakistan about cooperation in nuclear technology after a lapse of about 30 years. As the confidence increases, Paris will be prepared to provide assistance to Islamabad to meet its power needs.

The two countries re-established contacts in a multilateral interaction held in Paris recently where representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were also present. French Ambassador to Pakistan Pierre Charasse disclosed this to The News in an exclusive interview covering wide range of issues here.

He said France is prepared to help Pakistan in developing non-conventional means of production of power including its generation through nuclear and hydel sources. Without going into details of the deal that was called off between Pakistan and France under US pressure in the past, the French ambassador said Pakistan’s name must be cleared first with reference to nuclear proliferation and as the country’s image improves private sector in France will be prepared to cooperate with Pakistan to fulfil its increasing needs of power generation. France appreciates Pakistan’s genuine needs of having more and more power in wake of boosting economic activities. France has already helped Pakistan in developing a hydel power generation unit in Kashmir with active assistance of another country, the ambassador said.

Replying to another question, he said France is cooperating with Pakistan in space technology besides a number of other fields by providing it with advanced technology. A group of 25 French companies on a visit to Pakistan recently returned with a positive impression. A big unit of car manufacturing is being built in Pakistan where the famous Renault car will be manufactured by availing Nissan company’s base. Renault has already purchased Nissan.

Renault will be manufacturing fuel-efficient and useful cars for Pakistani market that would be comparatively cheaper, he said. Pierre Charasse said Franch-Pakistan cooperation in the field of defence is progressing satisfactorily. France is engaged in discussions with Pakistan on sale of its state-of-the-art fighter multi-role high-tech aircraft Mirage-2000.

The ambassador said French ultra-modern aircraft, Rafale, is not being discussed for sale to Pakistan although this plane has already been sold to some of the Middle Eastern countries. Responding another question, the envoy said a third submarine for Pakistan Navy would be completed under transfer of technology agreement by the end of next year. The submarine has been fully built in Pakistan by local engineers under the supervision of French experts.

Pierre Charasse was satisfied with the exiting ties between the two countries in various fields and termed them stable. He said the attack on French technicians in 2002 caused a deep dive in relations but since last year these have not only normalised but also improved a lot.

"Pakistan must strive to improve its image abroad. If you watch international media, the information pouring out from different parts of Pakistan, especially Karachi, is often regarding terrorism, violation and killings. It has been somewhat controlled now but still need to be fully rectified," the envoy said.

When asked, the ambassador said French President Jacques Chirac has been invited by President Pervez Musharraf to visit Pakistan. The visit is yet to be scheduled. However, the French foreign minister would be visiting Pakistan in the later half of the year.

What do you think Pakistan should do now? I do not think Pakistan is willing to co-operate with other countries on their nuclear programs. However, I do believe that Pakistan will get help. The Mirage 2000 sections of this news also seems interesting, I think that the Mirage 2k will be able to deliver the nuclear equipment that these talks are being held on.


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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Sunday test-fired an indigenously developed short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Hatf-II Abdali. Abdali can reach targets up to 200 kilometres and carry nuclear and other types of warheads.
"A successful test fire of the indigenously developed short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf-II Abdali was conducted today," said a press release of ISPR. "All the planned technical parameters were validated," it added. India had been given prior notification of the launch, as agreed last year before all ballistic missile tests are conducted.

3rd or 4th time this missile tested but i think pakistanies are trying to make this missile for missile defence, is this right or possible?


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I think Pakistani missile development is now focussing on improving the shorter range missiles by increasing effieciency and other parameters. They know they have the range (with the Ghauri & Shaheen) missiles to cover India in its entirety so it is necessary that they continue to improve their point-defence arsenals (read short-range missiles) which would come in more handy in the battle-field for tactical advantages.

The only long-range missiles I see coming out from R & D in the imminent future would be the Ghauri-III with a range rumoured to be around 3500Km and that would be it, since Pakistan doesn't have concerns about any other country (beyond the subcontinent) trying to threaten its sovereignty.

Once again, for now the main focus of Pakistan's missile programme seems to be more efficient short-range ballistic missiles and different versions of the Babur cruise missile.


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well does anyone know what is the cep of the pakistani missiles as well as what guidance systems they use.

iam also interested in knowing the cep of the babur cruise missile as well as it's guidance system.


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It is said the Shaheen-II Ballistic Missile can me narrowed down with less weight,thus giving it the capability to become a ICBM with the range of 4,000km. Personally I think Pakistan should only have one missile as its ICBM :el


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IMHO, 4000Km is referred to as an IRBM and anything with 5000Km+ is considered to be an ICBM.

As far as CEP is concerned, for Shaheen-2 it is believed to be around 300m due to the fact that it incorporates a warhead post-separation correction system.


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Elite-Pilot said:
It is said the Shaheen-II Ballistic Missile can me narrowed down with less weight,thus giving it the capability to become a ICBM with the range of 4,000km. Personally I think Pakistan should only have one missile as its ICBM :el
shaheen-II has range of 2000km with full payload and with lower payload it has range of 2500km, not 4000km


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Pakistan develops short-range missile

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has developed a short-range missile for targeting armoured vehicles and fixed targets.

The Joint Standoff Weapon System will enable the Pakistan Air Force and navy to hit targets at close range with accuracy. The range of the missile is 70 kilometres.

The system is a joint venture of the air force and navy. It has been developed using global positioning and initial management system. It is designed on the Joint Air Frame Guidance and Flight Control systems.

Under this programme, a sensor fitted in a fighter jet provides relevant details about possible targets, Geo Television reported.

Renowned analyst Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi said that the Joint Standoff Weapon System is a form of cruise missile. An advantage of this system is that it can be fired while remaining outside the range of the enemy’s anti-aircraft and defence systems, he said. “It is fired from a jet fighter and after piercing through the air, can hit its target,” he said. Rizvi said that the missile will “add to the defensive punch of the country” because it strengthens the air defence system. He said that the missile can hit hard targets, air shelters, underground command posts and tanks.

The missile is also a relatively expensive and effective defence system, he said. APP

Congrats to the scientists involved. Now, can anyone go in to more technical details of this new missile system? And also explain in detail its usage in the battlefield and how effective is it?
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DT update (Not much changed though)

New missile able to hit over-horizon targets

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has attained another landmark in modern missile technology by producing a joint standoff weapon system. It is capable of hitting over-the-horizon targets with accuracy.

The system uses technologies called 'Integrated Global Positioning System’ and ‘Inner-shell Management System Navigation’. The programme is designed around the modular joint airframe guidance and flight control systems.

The maximum range of this missile is 70 kilometres. Under the programme, fighter jets fitted with sensors provide relevant details about potential targets and guide the fighter plane to strike them with an accuracy.

This system is used to hit armoured vehicles and fixed targets, a local television channel reported. Dr Prof Hassan Askari, a renowned defence analyst, highlighted advantages of the system and said that the missile could be fired from a fighter plane while remaining outside the range of enemy’s anti-aircraft and other defence systems.

Source: DT NEWS
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I would say its more like the AGM-154A-1 (BLU-111) which was an export oriented project in the first place. But why procure only a few test units? Its clear that Pakistani forces do need them for their operations along the Afghanistan border in greater numbers.


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Its still not clear whether its Pak Airforce & Navy joint weapon system or US has sell some of its AGM-154 JSOW to Pak .
Or does it have any link with H-4/H-2 derivatives (many consider H-4/H-2 to an air launched medium range bomb)
And by the way which PAF airborne radar system offers integration and firing capability of an "American standoff weapon"???!!!..........thanks ,Ali


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It has been confirmed. It is infact the American AGM-154A JSOW and can be integrated with the F-16s that are in service with the PAF.


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Pakistan successfully test fires long-range nuclear-capable missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Agencies) Pakistan on Saturday successfully test fired a long-range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile, the military said. The ballistic Missile Hatf VI (Shaheen II), with a range of 2,500 kilometers, can carry conventional and non-conventional weapons, a Pakistan military statement said, adding that the ``test was conducted to validate additional technical parameters beyond those that were verified in the last test fire in March 2005.'' The statement did not disclose where the latest test was conducted. Speaking after the successful test, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz made it clear that Pakistan's strategy of credible minimum deterrence was fully in place and was a guarantee of peace in the region. He said his government was fully alive to developments in the region and reiterated that Pakistan would never accept discrimination of any kind. In a separate message, the President General Pervez Musharraf also congratulated the team on its outstanding success. (First Posted @ 9:45 PST [email protected] 10:30 PST)


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Still no confirmation if a 3000Km missile is in its final stages or not. It seems that, for now, Pakistan is content with increasing the efficiency and accuracy of its current missile force rather than coming up with a new one.


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Pakistan builds on Chinese SAM system

James C O'Halloran Editor, Jane's Land-Based Air Defence

Pakistan is now in a position to series-produce a modified version of the Chinese Qiang Wei-2 (QW-2) man-portable surface-to-air missile (SAM) system known locally as the Anza Mk III, according to documents recently acquired in Asia.

Development of the system is understood to have been facilitated by the transfer of Chinese technology, including thermal-imaging and infra-red night-vision system technology.

It would appear from photographic evidence that Pakistan has made several modifications to the system, probably to conform to local requirements and operational use with the Pakistani armed forces.

One such major modification is the firing unit, or 'gripstock', which in the Pakistani version seems more modern and of the type associated with the Russian Igla missile, as opposed to the Chinese firing unit, which is of the type normally associated with the Russian Strela man-portable SAM. The Igla system is known to contain circuitry that enhances the weapon's engagement capabilities. It is also highly likely that the Pakistani Anza Mk III, although modelled on the Chinese QW-2, has been locally modified to allow it to be used with Russian-made missiles should they become available. The Anza Mk III is, therefore, likely to offer an enhanced detection, launch and flight capability compared with the QW-2, with its firing unit possibly interchangeable with the Russian Igla and Igla-1 SAM systems.

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The news was published on 19th of May by Janes.

Lot of ppl been asking abt Pakistan's SAM's development. Well this can at least give a mild idea of it.
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