Ababeel to ‘neutralise India’s defence shield’

Published: January 25, 2017


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted on Tuesday its first successful test of Ababeel missile, using the Multi Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology which, officials say, is a landmark achievement to neutralise India’s ballistic missile defence shield.

The surface-to-surface ballistic missile can reach targets at a range of 2,200 kilometres, over three times the distance between Islamabad and New Delhi, according to an official statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Pakistan conducts first flight test of surface-to-surface Ababeel missile

What is significant about this missile is that it is capable of delivering multiple warheads, using the MIRV technology. Ababeel is capable of delivering nuclear warheads and has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy’s hostile radars, the ISPR said.

The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system, said the military’s media wing.

India last year tested a ‘locally designed’ anti-ballistic missile system, according to media reports, which could in theory intercept a nuclear-carrying ballistic missile.

A senior official working in the nuclear establishment told The Express Tribune that development of Ababeel was critical given India’s rapid development of the missile defence shield.

“We took minimal measures to restore deterrence equation,” said the official, who requested not to be quoted on the record because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The official said the MIRV system has been developed to defeat India’s ballistic missile defence shield. Acquiring this technology, the official said, was critical to restoring deterrence stability, which he termed as critical for regional peace.

“Development of the Ababeel weapon system is aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment. This will further reinforce deterrence,” the ISPR said.

Last year, India claimed to have successfully tested the ballistic missile defence shield system, an expansive and complicated technology that seeks to prevent a missile attack from Pakistan.

Independent observers, however, are wary of Indian claims and say it is too early for the South Asian country to acquire a technology that at present only a handful of countries possess.

Pakistan fires ‘first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile

The successful testing of Ababeel came days after Pakistan conducted the first-ever submarine-launched cruise missile Babur- III, which gives the country ‘credible second strike capability’.

Pakistan has now effectively acquired the capability to launch a missile from land, air and sea. The development of submarine-launched missile system will make Pakistan retain the ability to hit back at enemy in case its first strike capability is destroyed.

The upgrading of the missile programme is meant to counter India’s Cold Start Doctrine that seeks swift military action before Pakistan reacts.

The country’s civil and military leadership, including President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the three services chiefs congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful conduct of the missile test.

The president and the prime minister conveyed their appreciation to the team involved and the country’s armed forces on this ‘landmark achievement’.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • gulshan
    Jan 25, 2017 - 9:46AM

    Pak is way ahead in nuclear and missile technology , The moment India conducts a test , Within 36 Hours Pak conducts a countering test of its own to thumb its nose to India , Truth is Pak is ever ready with nuclear and missile stock as highly advanced nation in science and technology. Wonder what is China doing in CPEC , It should be Pakistan helping China and other Asian countries to promote advance manufacturing hub with advance technological base.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 25, 2017 - 9:49AM

    First of all local Indian ballistic missile shield is hardly an effective shield against fast moving ballistic missiles such as Shaheens and that is why they are acquiring Russian S-400 ABM batteries. Now with MIRV capable Ababeel all their efforts has gone down the drain. Indeed Ababeel is a game changer which India themselves doesn’t have the capability yet. Mind you Pakistan was working on MIRV tech since 2008 with multiple unannounced tests with lesser range and finally yesterday we demonstrated the mastery of the tech. What an year this has been for Pakistan’s missile program so far, first Babur 3 (SLCM) and now MIRV Ababeel. Surely this won’t go down well among Indian defense stakeholders.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 25, 2017 - 10:14AM

    All said and done, there is no need for broadcasting new weapon systems that Pakistan is developing. If in a conflict Pakistan prevails over India that will be the real test. For after that we will either exist or perish from the face of this earth. In all the years of US-Soviet rivalry, none of the two powers ever broadcast their weapons or their delivery mechanism for good reason. Can we just become a bit mature now that we have acquired nuclear weapons. Recommend

  • XoF
    Jan 25, 2017 - 11:11AM

    I feel embarassed for the insecure Indians browsing the internet day and night to feel macho of news articles that make them feel good and their surprise burst of happiness on edges and accomplishemnts they make against Pak via their somewhat bollywoodish scripts…
    Well what happens after all!! Since 1947 we are giving you the match no matter how hard and high you try and go…this is Pakistan..it will always be there to keep you at check and keep you insecure. How embarassing that at one end a real high tech achievement has been accomplished while at the other day they have accomplished a republic day motor cycle circus they do every year.

    In short!! Pakiatan is always there and always countering your designs and will keep doing so. Kindly search more to feel macho again. Counter shall be comming back.

    PS: Not for all Indians as great people there too. Respect. This is for the insecure one’sRecommend

  • zoro
    Jan 25, 2017 - 11:57AM

    Chest thumping at its best !!!Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 25, 2017 - 1:36PM

    @XoF: India is already far ahead of Pakistan in many fields….Keep dreaming mate..Recommend

  • Xman
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Pakistanis have an inherent competitive advantage in military and combat for centuries, a majority of population being descended from marshal races. It comes naturally to them, and would not change any time soon. Even British and rulers that came before them recruited primarily from area that is now Pakistan. It’s quite similar to what South Indians have in being shrewd businessmen and skilled merchants, forming the backbone of Indian economy. Probably if the Pakistani founding fathers had made a strategic choice of merging Indian Punjab with Pakistan as well, at the time of partition, India would have had a very limited military capability.Recommend

  • Azad
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:21PM

    @XoF: 1971Recommend

  • proud Pak
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:40PM

    I think its high time that from defense technology race we now start focusing on space race. After all we have the rockets…we should now start launching satellites instead of warheads. This can be for defense purpose as well as for commercial purpose and may even add something to economy.Recommend

  • XoF
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Its not a dream..its a reality..we know that you are better in alot of fields than us..man enough to accept it…not insecure..not dying to get ahead of you..so what !!.. Have a good time..stop being desparate..You proved your instinctive historic insecurity by desperate abvious reply. Recommend

  • XoF
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:52PM

    This is missile thumping.
    Chest thumping is what we see in your insecure TV channels and media.Recommend

  • Yasirazizqureshi
    Jan 25, 2017 - 5:14PM

    Congratulations to all team members.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 25, 2017 - 10:32PM

    Including those team members in China, a hearty “Nee How” !Recommend

  • Sunny
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:56AM

    Salute to Pakistan’s armed forces. They are working so hard so that we Pakistani people can sleep peacefully in our houses. Thanks Pak Army!!!Recommend

  • Gilani
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:58AM

    Salute to our scientists and engineers, the true heroes of the nation. They have made our defense impregnable. Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Jan 26, 2017 - 7:59AM

    The bottom line is that
    Good enough to fix indiaRecommend

  • mind control
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:01PM

    “If the UN Security Council has no objection over this (ICBMs), let it be. The range of Pakistan’s nuclear missiles will also see an increase,” the state-run Global Times said in an editorial, hinting that China will help Pakistan come on par with India.

    No further proof of Chinese origin of the missile required.


  • Rabia
    Jan 26, 2017 - 6:01PM

    Happiness is seeing, Indians getting Jealous. :P
    Well These are for Defense Purpose.

    Indians Spend $ 51 Billion USD on Defense while we Pakistani’s Only spend $ 7 Billion.
    Still you hate us?Recommend

  • kafayat
    Jan 26, 2017 - 8:36PM

    Great achievement for great nation.Recommend

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