28 March 2022
by Shaurav Gairola
The Harbah naval cruise missile being fired from PNS Himmat. (Pakistan Navy)
Pakistan's state-owned Global Industrial and Defence Solutions (GIDS) showcased the Harbah subsonic cruise missile for the first time in an international forum at DIMDEX 2022, held in Doha, Qatar from 21 to 23 March.
Harbah is an all-weather, ship-launched, medium-range, subsonic cruise missile with a land-attack capability. The missile uses a guidance system based on inertial navigation, aided by global navigation satellite system (GNSS), a digital scene matching area correlator (DSMAC) camera, an imaging infrared seeker, a radar seeker, and a radar altimeter.
The missile is in service with the Pakistan Navy and is fitted onboard its Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC). The missile was test-fired by PNS Himmat in January 2018 and April 2019 in the north Arabian Sea. It has been designed to maintain a low‐altitude, terrain‐following flight profile. It is visually similar to the Babur missile, particularly regarding the booster motor shape and size, fin and body profile, and the position of the air intake.
The missile has a modular design, facilitating variations to the warhead, guidance, and range capabilities.
Harbah is 6.8 m in length with a diameter of 500 mm. It has a gross weight of 1,350 kg, a speed of 0.6–0.8 Mach, and a range of 290 km. The missile is integrated with a blast fragmentation and an anti-ship warhead.
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Pakistan's state-owned Global Industrial and Defence Solutions (GIDS) showcased the Harbah subsonic ...