Pakistan’s rapidly evolving missile arsenal forms an important part of its defense strategy for offsetting the significant conventional military advantages of its main rival, India. Pakistan’s arsenal consists primarily of mobile short and medium-range ballistic missiles, but it is also making significant strides in its cruise missile capability. Pakistan’s combined strategic forces allows it to target almost any point in India, and is now working more advanced technology such as multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRV) to complicate developing Indian missile defense efforts. Pakistan has received significant technical assistance from China on its nuclear and missile programs, and evidence also strongly indicates close cooperation with both North Korea and Iran on the development and proliferation of these systems.

Missile Types

Hatf 2 "Abdali"
Shaheen 3
Hatf 9 "Nasr"
Hatf 8 "Ra'ad"
Hatf 7 "Babur"
Hatf 6 "Shaheen 2"
Hatf 5 "Ghauri"
Hatf 4 "Shaheen 1"
Hatf 3 "Ghaznavi"
Hatf 1