Successful flight test of Ababeel missile conducted

ISPR says system aimed at strengthening deterrence, enhancing strategic stability

Our Correspondent October 19, 2023
Handout photograph shows launch of Pakistan’s Shaheen-III surface-to-surface long-range ballistic missile, which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres.—Photo: ISPR/FILE



Pakistan conducted a successful flight test of the Ababeel weapon system, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday.

The latest test of the ballistic missile system was aimed at “re-validating various design, technical parameters, and performance evaluation of different sub-systems”.

“The missile system is aimed at strengthening deterrence and enhancing strategic stability in the region through the operationalisation of full spectrum deterrence in the overall construct of credible minimum deterrence,” the military’s media wing added.

The launch was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division and Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

The CJCSC appreciated the technical prowess, dedication, and commitment of all those who contributed towards the successful test.

President Dr Arif Alvi, interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and services chiefs also congratulated all members of the strategic forces on the achievement.

Previously, in 2021, Pakistan successfully conducted a test flight of the locally developed Fatah-1 Guided Multi-Launch Rocket System.

The rocket system has a range of 140 kilometres and the capability for accurate targeting.

On the other hand, on Dec 30, Pakistan Air Force marked a significant milestone by initiating the production of the advanced JF-17 Thunder Block 3 fighter jets, equipped with improved radar and rivalling the capabilities of India's Raphael aircraft.



Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ