Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful test flight of an indigenously developed guided multi-launch rocket system, the country’s army said.
The Fateh-1 rocket system is “capable of delivering a conventional warhead up to a range of 140 km [nearly 87 miles],” the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.
“The weapon system will give Pakistan Army capability of a precision target engagement deep in enemy territory,” read the statement.
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Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar, in a tweet, said President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also congratulated the participating troops and scientists on the successful conduct of flight test.
#Pakistan today conducted a successful test flight of indigenously developed #Fatah-1, Guided Multi Launch Rocket System, capable of delivering a conventional Warhead upto a range of 140 km. The Weapon System will give Pak Army capability of precision target engagement 1/2) pic.twitter.com/0bqBfOneJK— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) January 7, 2021
Last February, amid heightened tensions with India, Islamabad carried out a successful test of its Ra’ad-II cruise missile.
A month earlier, Pakistan tested the Ghaznavi ballistic missile, which has a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles), just days after India tested its submarine-launched K-4 ballistic missile.
Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have worsened since New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and imposed a lockdown in August 2019. The flare-up in tensions has sparked fears of a fresh arms race in South Asia.
Pakistan tested cruise missile Ra’ad-II
Pakistan has successfully conducted a flight test of air-launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released press brief on Tuesday.
Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Director-General Dr Nabeel Hayat Malik, the National Engineering and Scientific Commission chairman, and senior officers from the SPD, Strategic Forces, and Strategic Organisations were also present on the occasion of test.
The SPD director general appreciated the technical prowess, dedication, and commitment of the scientists and engineers who contributed to making the test possible. He termed it a major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk