ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday conducted a successful flight test of the medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which can deliver a nuclear payload as far as 2,750 kilometres.
“The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
The statement said the successful flight test, which landed at its impact point in the Arabian Sea and validated all desired parameters, was witnessed by senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces and the scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.
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 Jamil appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed wholeheartedly to make this launch a success and expressed his full confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces’ operational preparedness to defend against any aggressive design.
The president and prime minister of Pakistan congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of today’s missile test.
Pakistan test-fired the Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles 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 1,500km.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2015.