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Nasr

Tactical ballistic missile

Nasr

The Pakistani Nasr (Haft-9) tactical ballistic missile is intended to target enemy offensive forces

 
 
Entered service 2013 (?)
Crew 3 ~ 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 40 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Missile
Missile length ~ 6 m
Missile diameter ~ 0.3 m
Missile weight ?
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type Nuclear, 0.5-5 kT
Range of fire 60 km
CEP ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 60 km/h
Range ~ 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Nasr (victory) or Haft-9 (vengeance) is a short-range ballistic missile, developed in Pakistan. Sometimes it is referred as Nasr-9. It is the latest addition to the Haft series of missiles, locally produced in Pakistan. Most likely that this missile was developed with Chinese assistance. Its existence was revealed in 2011. It appears that this missile entered service with Pakistani armed forces in 2013. It operated by Army Strategic Command.

   It is believed, that the Nasr is based on the Chinese WS-2 multiple launch rocket system. Developers refer it as "Multi-Tube Ballistic Missile. It can be considered as an adaptation of the Chinese artillery rocket system to fire missiles with nuclear-tipped warheads. The launcher vehicle is based on Chinese 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis. The whole system is highly mobile.

   It seems that prototype of the Nasr was fitted with 2 missiles. While production version carries four missiles.

   The Nasr tactical ballistic missile is intended to target enemy offensive forces. The missile has a range of 60 km. It carries a 0.5-5 kT nuclear warhead. Nuclear warheads are small enough to fit inside a thin missile, that is about 300 mm in diameter. It is likely that other highly destructive warheads are also available. The Nasr has in-flight maneuver capability. Also it is claimed that it was designed to overcome missile defense systems. It is claimed that this missile is accurate. However actual figures of the CEP have not been disclosed.

   The missiles are stored and carried in a factory-sealed containers. In this way the missile is constantly ready to fire.

   Once one or more missiles are launched, the launcher vehicle can briefly redeploy. Brief redeployment time allows to avoid counter-battery fire. This feature adds survivability to the system.

   The launcher vehicle of the Nasr is based on the Chinese Wanshan WS2400 8x8 special wheeled chassis. Identical vehicle is also used on Chinese AR-1A 300-mm artillery rocket system, that is in service with Pakistan. This vehicle has good cross-country mobility. The TEL vehicle should be supported by an associated reloading vehicle, that is fitted with a crane and carries reload containers with rockets.

 

Video of the Nasr (Haft-9) tactical ballistic missile

 
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