Pakistan successfully test-fires Shaheen-III missile

Published December 11, 2015
Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Friday, the military said, two days after the government confirmed it would resume high-level peace talks with arch-rival India. The military said it had fired a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres. –AFP
Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Friday, the military said, two days after the government confirmed it would resume high-level peace talks with arch-rival India. The military said it had fired a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres. –AFP
Video provided by ISPR showing the test launch of the Shaheen-III ballistic missile

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km.

The ISPR statement added that the test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.

The impact point of the flight test was in the Arabian Sea, validating all the desired parameters.

The test was witnessed by senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, Scientists and Engineers of Strategic Organisations.

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Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, congratulated the Scientists and Engineers on achieving a significant milestone in complementing the deterrence capability. He asserted that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region for which nuclear deterrence would further strengthen strategic stability in South Asia.

Lt Gen Mazhar Jamil appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed whole heartedly to make this launch a success.

He expressed his full confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces’ operational preparedness to defend against any aggressive design.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the scientists and engineers, associated with the production of strategic arms for the military, on the successful missile test.

This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP
This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP
This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP
This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations on Friday shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. –AFP

The Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles were test-fired in Pakistan last year.

Shaheen-I is also capable of carrying nuclear as well as conventional warheads and has a range of 900km while the Shaheen-II missile can also carry nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 1500 km.

Also read: Pakistan needs short-range nukes for deterrence against India: govt adviser

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