Pakistan conducts successful training launch of Ghaznavi ballistic missile

Published: January 23, 2020
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The short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometres. PHOTO: ISPR/FIle

The short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometres. PHOTO: ISPR/FIle

Pakistan Army’s strategic forces on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of the 290-kilometre range Ghaznavi ballistic missile, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The latest missile test by the Pakistan Army comes days after India test-launched the submarine-launched K-4 ballistic missile.

The missile is capable of delivering a conventional or nuclear warheads and the training launch was part of a field training exercise of the Strategic Forces Command aimed at “rehearsing operational readiness procedures during day and night”.

The director-general of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) “appreciated the operational preparedness of Army Strategic Forces Command for displaying a very high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the weapon system”.

The senior military official also expressed full confidence in the robust Strategic Command and Control System and the capability of Strategic Forces.

The training launch was witnessed by senior military and civil officials.

Last year, the Army successfully carried out night training launch of the Ghaznavi surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

The training launches come amid increased tensions with India as it revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status in an illegal and unilateral move on August 5 and escalation of cross-LoC firing incidents by the Indian military.

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