Pakistan’s new Shaheen-III ballistic missile ‘uses Chinese transporter’

MAMOSA-REPORT-300-300Jun 30, 2016 — Pakistan’s new Shaheen-III medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) is carried by a Chinese-made 16-wheel transporter erector launcher (TEL), reports IHS Jane’s citing an Indian source.

The source told IHS Jane’s that Pakistan began negotiations in 2012 with the China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC), which resulted in the export of “two 16×16 WS-21200s for use as TELs for Shaheen-III missiles”.

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Pakistan is believed to have taken delivery of the TELs at the end of February or in early March 2016.

The source also said that Pakistan’s National Engineering and Scientific Commission has set up an assembly line at the Punjab-based National Development Complex to assemble TELs for Pakistani missiles.

The WS-21200 is manufactured by the Hubei Sanjiang Space Wanshan Special Vehicle Co of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), reports IHS Jane’s.

Revealed to the public for the first time during Pakistan’s military parade on 23 March, the Shaheen-III – a surface-to-surface, land-based ballistic missile – is allegedly capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead to a range of 2,750 km.

India test fires medium range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

Dawn reports: India on Thursday test fired a new surface-to-air ballistic missile jointly developed with Israel from a defense base off the Odisha cost, Times of India reported.

Barak-8, a medium range missile (MR-SAM), was fired from a mobile launcher in Chandipur’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), a Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) official said.

“The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” he said.

The missile includes a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) system for detection, tracking and guidance, they said.

ZeeNews reports that the four-meter-long ballistic missile can hit a target within a range of 70 kilometers and can carry a payload of 60 kilograms.

A DRDO scientist said the missile along with the MF-STAR has the capability to neutralise any aerial threats.

The missile has been developed by the Indian Defense Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), a laboratory of DRDO based at Hyderabad, in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), he said.

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