Pakistan conducted a “successful” flight test of a ballistic missile on Friday.
The Shaheen-1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile has a range of 900 kilometres (over 550 miles), according to an army statement.
It said the test “was aimed at the re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system including the advanced navigation system.”
The flight test was witnessed by Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Zaki Manj, National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Chairman Dr Raza Samar, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lt Gen Muhammad Ali, as well as the scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.
The Strategic Plans Division Chief congratulated scientists and engineers on the conduct of the successful test. He appreciated the “technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists and engineers, who contributed whole-heartedly in making the missile launch successful”, the ISPR said.
President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and the country’s top military officials congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful test, it added.
Last month, the army had successfully test-fired Babur cruise missile IA — a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of hitting land and sea targets with high precision up to 450km away.
Also in February, the army had successfully conducted the ‘training launch’ of nuclear-capable ballistic missile Ghaznavi as part of its annual field training exercise.
With a long-range of 2750 km, the Shaheen-III medium-range ballistic missile has the ability to strike deep into the Indian territory – even on the islands which were previously out of Pakistan’s reach and so reserved for second-strike capability in case of a nuclear attack.
On January 20, a successful test of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III was carried out.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk