Pakistan’s nuclear capable Hatf-V or Ghauri missile is a dud

Jan 30, 2013 5:22 pm 18 comments

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According to Japan Times, Pakistan’s Hatf-V or Ghauri missile is a complete failure owing to faulty guidance system. According to the newspaper, “a retired Pakistani nuclear scientist has claimed that former Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s 1999 military adventurism in the Kargil region of divided Kashmir failed in part because the North Korea-aided, nuclear-capable Ghauri missiles he wanted to deploy then had a faulty guidance system.”

The pakistani scientist said that during the Kargil crisis of May-July 1999, Musharraf, who was then army chief, “wanted to deploy Ghauri missiles, but air went out of his balloon when the top general in charge of the missile program told him the missile had a faulty guidance system.” 

On April 6, 1998, Pakistan had carried out what it described as a successful first test of the intermediate-range ballistic missile, developed by Khan Research Laboratory with North Korean assistance. Even Musharraf, who witnessed that Ghauri launch as a local corps commander, had been led to believe it was a success then, according to the nuclear scientist, who until recently had long been closely associated with the country’s nuclear and missile programs.

The truth according to the scientist is that the ballistic missile failed to reach its predesignated impact point in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and its debris could not be found. Making this public would have undermined the missile’s deterrent effect  and therefore the Pakistani armed forces establishment lied to the Pakistan and the world and it was declared as a success.

Flight Control Computer

The Flight Control Computer of Ghauri/Hatf V which landed in Dadu, Pakistan

The then president Musharraf was unaware of the Ghauri missile’s faulty guidance system and only learned the truth in March 1999 from Lt. Gen. Zulfikar Khan, who then commanded the army’s Combat Division. Musharraf immediately ordered another Ghauri test, which took place on April 14 1999. This test also failed and the missile, due to its faulty guidance system, overflew the designated target point in Baluchistan into the Sistan region of southern-eastern Iran. This test too, was declared as a success by Pakistan despite its dismal failure.

Though Pakistan claims that Ghauri missiles are designed and produced indigenously, they are actually Nodong missiles supplied by North Korea and re-engineered in Pakistan to extend their strike range. According to several sources, 20 under-tested Nodong missiles were bought by Benazir Bhutto regime in early 90’s and rechristened them as Ghauri and later Hatf-V.

Later, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission replaced the guidance system of Ghauri missile with the Chinese-aided Shaheen missile. A test was conducted on Nov 28th and true to its form, Pakistan declared it as a success. But to their shock, debris of the Ghauri missile was found showering on the pakistani village Dadu and captured by the mainstream media of Pakistan. It was later found that the missile has exploded mid-air and debris fell on the village putting an end to the lies of the Pakistani establishment as reported here. The Pakistani armed forces public relations department ISPR hastily released a press statement declaring that debris is indeed from Ghauri missile test.

All these revelations by the Pakistani scientist and the recent failed Ghauri missile test throws a bad light on the Paksitani establishment but also cause suspicions on capabilities of other missiles in its arsenal.


  • 90ies were disparate times.. the NDA government was bustering hindu terror from Indian army mouthpieces and pak was still a third world country having only cheap french made bicyle like marage-III and mirage V with nothing but carrying dumb bombs..

    Besides pak knew its technical and scientific base only consisted on islamic terror shooting brains out of young girls and complete poverty .. hence making sophisticated reliable delivery systems on its own without U.S help was out of question..
    what we see today is the result of disparate purchase program from pak establishment from mid 90 contiuing to well over in this decade..from countries having similar social background but atleast having a well developed medium range missle program..NoKo, China and ther is no other country perhaps Iran .. The result after 15 years of massive pakistan missle program is that 90% is a failure due to deliberate selling of faulty parts by NoKo , China who dont want nuclear attacks from Pak army on their own soil..

    • At least we don’t rape women in streets or buses for that matter. And may I tell you that Pakistan is more developed than India.The fact that a 16 Year old child has beat you in correct English Grammar further Explains my pont. On the other hand Hatf V or Ghauri missiles are Nuclear Missiles. It dosen’t matter if we launch them on Mumbai or Delhi and it misses the Target by a few kilometres. The fact is that no matter what, India will fall.

      • pakistan is more developed!!! dude.. r u a day dreamer?? open ur eyes and see the condition of pakistan. drones are flying over ur country, ur economy is bankrupt, having power sortage. ur country has no control over ur army, the condition of ur country education system is very instead of dreaming to launch missile on delhi or mumbai, do somethig better for ur country. only that will help.

        • Pakistan is under war and also well developed than India indeed. India provided support to US in afghanistan against Pakistan and China interest. Always you indian did against the region and serve the western.

          • Pakistan has been attacking India since its inception. So I dont think you should really crib about what India does against Pakistans interest. Also I dont understand why Pakistan is so involved in international politics when you have you own instate issues like Balochistan movement. Why not make a stronger nation and stop harboring people like Osama and Dawood Ibrahim.

          • Which country is taking aid from USA ? Which country was supported by USA in 1971 War?Pakistan not India.In 90’s you Pakistanis used to be fans of USA and now when Americans are bashing you with drone attacks you feel western countries are bad.The fact is Pakistan have betrayed every single country which supported it and then when such country bashes Pakistan,you say India is supporting them.

      • smilingbudha

        go and read the history of Bangla Desh. Pakistani troops raped millions of women in east Pakistan.

        • This is false history, u indians trained Mukti Bahini to fight against Pakistan and rape innocent womens by wearing Pak army cloths.
          Please read the correct histroy, dont become like indian media always making false news.

          • Than can you tell me why Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wasn’t made the PM Of Pakistan after he won the elections? Why in his visit to India in 1972 Bhutto said Pakistani people respect the decision of East Pakistanis and recognize Bangladesh with Dhaka as it’s Capital.Instead of thanking India for returning the territories of West Pakistan which it won in 1971 war and for not harming 98000 Pakistani POW you people are still blaming India.

      • Pakistan RAPES minority woman in every NOOK and CORNER (First by abducting them, Raping them, Forcefully Converting them and then showing the conversion on TV)… Shameless Bastards…. And how come English Grammar has anything to do with Science ? May be a good English Grammar can help Pakistanis do a better media relations exercise by COVERING UP the HUGE SHORT COMINGS by GLOSSING OVER the FACTS with LIES!

      • If you think English is the correct measurement of how developed a country is than India have world’s second largest English speaking population,Pakistani houses do not have electricity for more than 4 hours a day.Your government had switch of AC’S in government offices to save electricity. Your newly elected prime minister have signed a pact with India in which India agreed to supply Pakistan 500 MW Electricity and you call yourself more developed.We have developed an ICBM,aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine.Your country till date could not even purchase such weapons from foreign countries.We have developed worlds fastest missile(BrahMos) along with Russia.Which weapon do you have that is better than it’s Indian counterpart? You saw the face of democracy after a long period of time. Afghanistan is less devolved than you but unlike you they don’t claim falsely that they are better this country or that country.We are among the top 5 medical tourism spots,can you tell me where do you stand in that list? Countries do not prefer Pakistan even for cricketing tourism,and now official measure of development-India have HDI Rank of 136 and is currently rising whereas Pakistan have HDI Rank of 146 and is currently falling.On what basis do you thin Pakistan is more developed than INDIA ?

    • Sir,
      I agree with your analysis of what pak did and didnt do. But I didnt understand this ” the NDA government was bustering hindu terror from Indian army mouthpieces ”

      Could you please explain how NDA govt was bustering hindu terror?

  • we all know pakisthan’s charecter.and the fail test of hatf 5 again showd their weak point.

  • North Korea will eliminate the Southern traitors while Pakistan and China ANNIHILATE the filthy Indians.

  • Ankit Purohit

    DFI Forum not accessible from yesterday and today

    kindly reply


    Ankit N. Purohit

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