Pakistan Fatah-II ballistic missile makes first public appearance at military parade

On March 23, 2024, during the Pakistan Day military parade, Pakistan unveiled the Fatah-II ballistic missile to the public for the first time, presented alongside the previously known Fatah-I model. The Fatah-II missile, which was mounted on an 8x8 transporter erector launcher (TEL), possesses a range of up to 400 kilometers, and was unveiled at the 2024 World Defense Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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The Fatah-II missile, mounted on an 8x8 transporter erector launcher (TEL), possesses a range of up to 400 kilometers. (Picture source: Twitter/PCA Abdullah and Army Recognition)

Additionally, the parade hinted at further expansions in the Fatah missile series, with mentions of the Fatah-III and Fatah-IV variants, projected to have ranges of 450 and 700 kilometers respectively, though these models were not physically displayed. The introduction of the Fatah-II and the anticipated further developments within the Fatah series are parts of a wider strategy aimed at diversifying and improving the country’s long-range precision strike capabilities, essential for targeting strategic positions.

Unveiled at the WDS 2024 exhibition, the Fatah-II missile is developed and manufactured by Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS), a state-owned Pakistani company. It features a single-stage dual-thrust solid rocket motor, a thermal protection system, and a programmable trajectory for enhanced in-flight guidance and accuracy. The missile includes modern navigation technologies and supports various firing modes. The missile is available in a domestic variant with a 400 km range, and an export version with a 290 km range, showing Pakistan’s intention to compete in international defense markets.

The Fatah-II, also known as Fateh II, can deliver unitary blast or blast fragmentation warheads with high precision, and demonstrates design advancements over its predecessors, including a twin-cell system and the absence of fins on the nosecone. It may share design principles with the CM-400AKG anti-ship missile, though with a longer operational range, while the designation of the “Fatah” series signifies Pakistan’s intent to establish a large family of guided rockets, to enhance its long-range strike capabilities.