RAWALPINDI: Pakistan successfully conducted a test launch of the intermediate-range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen 1A weapon system, demonstrating its capability of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday.
The missile, an improved version of Shaheen-1 has a better range than before and is capable of hitting its target more accurately with improvements in range and technical parameters.
Today’s launch, with the impact point at sea, was witnessed by Director General (DG) Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers.
DG SPD Lt-Gen Kidwai congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target.
He said that the improved version of Shaheen 1A will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan’s deterrence abilities.
Kidwai appreciated the efforts of all personnel for their dedication and professionalism.
The exact range of the missile was not revealed, but retired General Talat Masood, a defence analyst, told AFP it would be able to hit targets up to 2,500 to 3,000 kilometres (1,550 to 1,850 miles) away, putting India well within reach.