RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Friday conducted a successful test of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed.
The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a maximum range of 2,750 kilometres. The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.
“The successful flight test with its impact point in the Arabian Sea, validating all the desired parameters, was witnessed by senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, scientists and engineers of Strategic Organisations,” the statement said.
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil lauded the efforts of the scientists and engineers on achieving the significant milestone.
“Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region for which nuclear deterrence would further strengthen strategic stability in South Asia,” he said.
Further, he appreciate the dedication and commitment of those involved in making the launch a success, while expressing confidence over Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces’ operational preparedness to defend against any aggressive design.
Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain have congratulated those involved on the successful test of the missile launch.