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Pakistan’s “Shaheen-III”? Space Booster Development

Discussion in 'Pakistan Strategic Forces' started by nomi007, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. nomi007

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    Since the year 2000 it has been known that Pakistan had started working on at least two design studies for its space launch vehicle. By 2002 two designs had survived that effort and were displayed in model form at the IDEAS 2002 defense industry show. One design utilized the lengthened common core booster without strap-ons and the other design utilized four strap-on boosters attached to the common core first stage. Its design was centered on developing a space booster based on the design technologies of the Shaheen-1/M-11 [PRC] and the Shaheen-II/M-18 [PRC] evolved up-rated higher performance design. In order to accomplish this design approach for the space booster they both lengthened and increased the thrust of the basic Shaheen-II first and second stage solid motor designs. The second stage is essentially a first stage with an altitude to vacuum thrust nozzle. Additional modifications of several shorter vacuum thrust solid motors of the same design as the Shaheen-II second stage were also apparently quietly developed. Equally they further refined the Shaheen-I solid motor for a strap-on design application in these design studies. All along this space booster program has remained a quiet effort with little information being provided since 2002. The precise performance, payload capacity and final design characteristics of the two booster systems apparently in the advanced state of development remains uncertain. Whether Pakistan will also choose to apply this improved technological hardware to longer range ballistic missile and to what end remains undefined. The obvious intent of these developments presumably is for utilizing the industrial base already developed through on going work as well as the potential multiple purpose missions for the space booster for its scientific, commercial, and military, space payload application.
    This is a composite design study of the two designs observed based on the know precursor Shaheen-I & Shaheen-II design technology as well as the defense industry displayed models design details for the future space booster of Pakistan. How accurate this is at this time remains uncertain but flight testing could be in the not too distant future from an as yet unidentified space launch center. The technological base of the Shaheen-1, and Shaheen-II ballistic missiles have greatly contributed to the evolved new space launch vehicle development by Pakistan.

    In order to justify sustaining the Pakistani, Shaheen-1 and Shaheen-II industrial base as those programs wind down new work based on that experience had to be developed and funded to maintain that industrial base for it national defense. This is being accomplished through the space booster effort through a commonality hardware design. The development effort has been lead by the Pakistan National Defense Complex (PNDC) as well as the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCOP), and the associated Nuclear Industry Commission. Funding is also coming from the Pakistani Planning Commission (PPC) as well as through government defense industry contracts.

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    We are not seeing any progress in Shaheen III or IV development as far yet on the open media....:smokin:
     
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    :cry: unfortunatly you are rite. all the things Shaheen III, Ghouri III, taimur and didnt remember the one more name, every things turn around as smook :hitwall:
     
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    What's the hurry? Funds required are huge, the field is complicated and a few countries have developed such systems which Pakistan is working on, and the progress report isn't made public.
     
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    I personally think Pak has some of these systems, or are really close to finish.

    I believe Shaheen 3.. when ever info about it is released to the public, comes with MIRV technology.
     
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    shaeen 3 ad gauri 3 are in devlopment and plus ICBm tipu saw it on wikipidia
     
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    whats the payload and when it is expected to be launched?