Pakistan test-fires Hatf-VII Babur with ‘stealth features’

Published: September 18, 2012
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This handout photograph shows a Hatf-VII Babur nuclear-capable cruise missile launching. PHOTO: AFP

This handout photograph shows a Hatf-VII Babur nuclear-capable cruise missile launching. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan successfully test-fired an indigenously developed nuclear-capable cruise missile with “stealth features”, the military said on Monday, the country’s first such exercise in more than three months.

The military described the Hatf-VII Babur missile as a “low-flying, terrain-hugging missile, which can strike targets both at land and sea with pin point accuracy” and has a range of 700 kilometres.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the missile is equipped with modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), and is also capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads.

The ISPR said Monday’s launch was carried out from a “Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV)”, which it said improved the Babur system’s targeting and deployment capabilities.

The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Chairperson Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organisations. The Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS) was employed for the test, which allows real-time remote monitoring of the missile’s flight path.

Significance of the test

Defence and missile expert Syed Muhammad Ali, while talking to The Express Tribune, highlighted the significance of the missile test.

“The Babur cruise missile is a far more advanced, miniaturised, accurate, stealthy and cost-effective nuclear delivery means available to Pakistan and after (its) induction, imposing a naval blockade on Pakistan will be impossible for any power in the future. In addition, the range limitation relevant to ballistic missiles deployment is not applicable in the case of cruise missiles because they can be launched from both land and sea-based mobile platforms,” Ali said.

He added that Pakistan now had the capability to exercise a complete and robust command and control over its cruise missiles throughout its flight trajectory and can be employed in both countervalue and counterforce targeting strategies.

Furthermore, Ali said that the Hatf-VII Babur missile was a cost-effective delivery system, adding that Pakistan could manufacture more than a dozen cruise missiles at the cost of a single ballistic missile.

“The upgraded capability of cruise missile Babar to hit mobile sea-based targets with both conventional and nuclear warheads has further augmented the value of our nuclear deterrence by proving to the world that Pakistan can protect not only its territory but also its maritime security from all powers at all times,” Ali added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ijaz
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Congratulations to North Korea and China… Congratulations to Pakistan for indigenously painting with green color and testing it.

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  • Dr KV Ranjit
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:04PM

    VIDE the news article of the Hatf JV of cruise missile of Pakistan having stealth features and the earlier report of the Brahmos cruise missile ( TET-July 31) by India it needs to be noted that while the Brahmos is supersonic,the Hatf has more than double the range in which it has a definitive advantage.Since both the stealth features of Hatf IV and the supersonic speed of Brahmos are made redundant viz a viz Ind-Pak comparison since both countries DONOT have anti ballistic/cruise missile shield and hence the longer range Hatf IV has a definitive advantage

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  • Patriot
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Mashallah .. we request them to send some of these to Israel to help Palestinians, To India to get Kashmir back, To Burma to have revenge of thousands of lives of muslims.Recommend

  • SilkRoad
    Sep 19, 2012 - 9:06AM

    @Patriot:
    May Allah guide you to put your own house in order first before you eye on other nations. Revenge is not the answer.

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  • Azi
    Sep 20, 2012 - 1:22AM

    @Ijaz:

    I guess you would be the person in charge of N Korea and China’s missile program. You sure do seem to know ALL the truth in this world after all. Stop posting as Pakistani/ Muslim names, you are not fooling anyone.

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  • Shahid Butt
    Sep 24, 2012 - 4:07AM

    Mashallah – the Pakistan politicians should now follow Pak Army, and govern there country in the right order by putting its economy in the best of order, rarther than filling there own pockets and bank balances. Only then, Pakistan would be untouchable and considered a powerful country! For the loser, pretending do be a muslim and Pakistani, grow-up and move-on, Pakistan – inshallah is here to stay forever. Pakistan Zindabad!!

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