Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“The successful launch was the culminating point of the field training exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command which was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of a strategic missile group, besides re-validating different design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” the ISPR statement said.
Shaheen-II missiles are capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 1,500 kilometres.
Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant General Obaidullah Khan, Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations were present at the launch today.
Lt-Gen Hayat, congratulated the team on achieving a milestone towards consolidation of full spectrum credible minimum deterrence.
“He appreciated the operational preparedness and readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command, which made the successful launch of Shaheen-II Weapon System possible,” the statement read.
“He showed his full confidence in the existing robust strategic command and control system,” it added.
Lt-Gen Hayat reiterated that Pakistan has no aggressive designs against any one and the forces’ capability to safeguard the country against any aggression.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful test launch.