ISLAMABAD: (APS)Pakistan today conducted a successful test launch of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km.
A statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the test launch was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapons system at its maximum range.
Late last year, Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles were test-fired. The Shaheen-II test missile was found capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 1500 km.
The launch was witnessed by senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations. The impact point of the launch was the Arabian Sea.
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, while congratulating the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of historic significance, termed it a major step towards strengthening Pakistan’s deterrence capability.
He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed towards making the launch a success.
He displayed confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces’ capability to safeguard security of Pakistan against any aggression.
Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme capable of weaponising up to 200 nuclear devices by the year 2020, a US-based think tank said in a recently released report.