Pakistan on Wednesday conducted a successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 290 kilometers.
The training launch was the culminating point of the Annual Field Training Exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command, said the armed forces media wing.
The training launch was witnessed by Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Muhammad Ali, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.
The commander of Army Strategic Forces Command appreciated the operational preparedness and display of excellent standard in handling and operating the weapon system.
He also expressed full satisfaction on the training standards of participating troops, attained throughout this training activity.
The president, prime minister and service chiefs had congratulated all ranks of Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers on successful conduct of ballistic missile Ghaznavi launch, the armed forces media wing said.
Pakistan conducted Fateh-1 missile test
Pakistan last month 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.
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.
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.
APP with additional input by GVS News Desk