Pakistan carries out successful flight test of Shaheen-III ballistic missile

Published April 9, 2022
This screengrab shows surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III during a flight test. — Photo courtesy ISPR Twitter
This screengrab shows surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III during a flight test. — Photo courtesy ISPR Twitter

Pakistan has successfully conducted the flight test of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III, the military's media affairs wing said on Saturday.

"The test flight was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated through its official Twitter account.

Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the Pakistan Army on the successful launch and paid tribute to the scientists and soldiers behind the test.

"We are proud to have a professional and globally competent armed forces defending the country," he said.

Pakistan had conducted a test of the same missile last year in January as well.

Shaheen-III is a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometres, which makes it capable of reaching the farthest point in India’s northeast and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It is solid-fuelled and equipped with Post-Separation Altitude Correction (PSAC) system. Solid fuel is suited for rapid response capabilities, while the PSAC feature provides it the ability to adjust the warhead trajectory for greater accuracy and evading anti-ballistic missile defence systems.

The missile was first tested in March 2015.

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