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The six nuclear test, the plutonium atomic device, was performed at Kharan desert on May 30, 1998 under the leadership of dr. Samar Mubarakmand.
Type Classified
Place of origin  Pakistan
Production history
Designer Directorate of Technical Development (DTD)
Manufacturer Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Unit cost Classified
Produced Classified
Number built 1-2
Weight Classified
Length Classified
Height Vertical Shaft
Crew 10-25 PAEC scientists

Blast yield 40 kilotons of TNT (170 TJ)[1]

Kharan Desert (Urdu: خاران) is a mountainous desert located in Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan. Kharan desert is Pakistan's second nuclear test site, operated by the PAEC. Most of it's territory was in the Sandy Desert, but included also parts of the Central Makran Range.


Nuclear Site

The construction of Kharan Desert nuclear test site took 2–3 years to prepare and were completed in 1980, before Pakistan acquired the capability to develop a nuclear weapon. The facility was indengiously constructed by the PAEC under the leadership of Chairman Mr. Munir Ahmad Khan who assigned this task to Member (Techncial), PAEC, Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad[2].

Kharan as Chagai-II

Pakistan's second nuclear test were performed in the Kharan desert on May 30, 1998, of a miniaturised device yielding 60 percent of the Ras Koh Hills tests. The yeild of a nuclear device was reported to be 20-40 kt [3] The nuclear devices were successfully tested by the Dr. Samar Mubarakmand. Kharan desert's climate and temperature is highly dry and reported to be the one of the extreme weather area of Pakistan. During the Winter season, the desert is reported to be freezed to the freezing point. The test site at Kharan was 300 by 200 feet and was L-shaped.


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Kharan Desert (Urdu: خاران) is a desert located in Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan.


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