Pakistan fires 'first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile'

The indigenously-developed submarine-based cruise missile can strike its target within a range of 450kms, says ISPR

News Desk January 09, 2017
In this handout photograph released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) a Hatf VII (Babur) stealth cruise missile is launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan has successfully test-fired indigenously-developed submarine launched cruise missile Babur-III, the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Monday.

“Pakistan successfully test fired first Submarine launched Cruise Missile Babur-3. Range 450km. COAS congrats nation and the team involved,” DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a statement. The Babur-III cruise missile can strike its target with high accuracy at a range of 450kms."

Pakistan test-fires Babur cruise missile

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah congratulated the nation and the missile launch team on the achievement.

The development came less than a month after Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of Babur cruise missile.

Babur weapons system version II incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy at a range of 700kms. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.

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