Pakistan test-fires Hatf IX (Nasr) successfully

Pakistan successfully test-fired surface-to-surface short-range Hatf IX (Nasr) missile as part of efforts to strengthen its nuclear arsenal. The test was conducted with successive launches of 4 x missiles (Salvo) from a multi tube launcher.

Nasr, with a range of 60 Kilometer and in-flight maneuver capability, is a quick response system, with shoot and scoot features. It contributes to the full spectrum detterence against threats. Pakistan’s full spectrum deterrence is meant to counter India’s purported Cold Start Doctrine. 

What is Cod Start Doctrine of India?

Cod Start Doctrine is a military strategy developed by the Indian Armed Forces for use in a possible war with Pakistan.  It involves the various branches of India’s military conducting offensive operations as part of unified battle groups. The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India’s conventional forces to perform holding attacks in order to prevent a nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict. The doctrine is intended to allow India’s conventional forces to perform swift and sudden attacks on Pakistan before international pressure could come to bear on India and before the Pakistani military could react within the first 72 hours of a conflict.

About Hatf IX (Nasr):
  • Pakistan’s surface-to-surface missile
  • Short-range of 60 km
  • Specifically designed to defeat Anti-Tactical Missile Defence Systems of all kinds
  • Capable of carrying nuclear warheads

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