Pakistan successfully test-fires Hatf-IV ballistic missile

Published: November 17, 2014
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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan today conducted a successful test launch of Intermediate Range Shaheen 1A (Hatf IV) Ballistic Missile.

The successful launch was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system. Shaheen1A Missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 kilometres.

Today’s launch, with impact point in Arabian Sea, was witnessed by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan,Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Chairman NESCOM, Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, congratulated the scientists and engineers for their dedication, professionalism and commitment towards achieving Pakistan’s Full Spectrum Credible Minimum Deterrence Capability.

Shaheen-1A with its highly accurate and indigenously developed guidance system is amongst the most accurate Missile System.

He reiterated Pakistan’s desire for peaceful co-existence in the region and appreciated the professional attributes of all concerned towards accomplishment of the sacred mission. He showed his full confidence over the Pakistan Armed Forces’ capability to safeguard security of the Mother Land against any aggression.

The successful test launch has also been warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan who congratulated the participating troops, the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

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  • dude
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:09AM

    when they tested shaheen 1A first time, its range was 4500 km, after a month, it reduced to 3000 km, then 2000 km, then 1500 km, then 1000 km. actual range is 700-900 km.

    is among the most accurate missile systems due to its highly accurate and indigenously developed guidance system.

    hahaha. its chinese missile, systems are chinese

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  • SHR
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:17AM

    Congratulations Pakistan Army once again. Thats the right need to time. Now people who are just coming to comment about spending money on the education or hospitals rather than the safety or the security, are requested to first get updated about whats going on in the neighbouring countries and what are the developments in this sector, you will come to realize that thats the requirement and need as per the current circumstances. You all are educated, but what will you do once attacked by the enemy? what maximum you can do, is to come on some news website or facebook page and debate on the basis of your education or information but on whom you will depend? you will depend on your powerful armed forces. Education is must and has its own budget. Rather than distributing laptops, our govt. should initiate a program of free education for poor in every city or district.

    If you have 10 rupee, spend 5 on your safety and 5 on the other necessities. Knowing your enemies. Peace!

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  • Raheem
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:27AM

    Congratulations to our scientists and engineers. No one can dare to attack on Pakistan as it has nuclear capability. An excellent reply to Indian hawkish nuclear developments.

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  • bahaha
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:32AM

    @dude:
    Mr Dude the “ha ha” is on you. Hatf is an intelligent system, far more capable than the Americans will ever have or the Israelis will ever envisage. Its fail-safe- But unfortunately its just an accounting procedure. desole!

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  • My Take
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:34AM

    @dude:
    It is a response to you that there is still a time for peaceful co-existence otherwise Pakistan can effectively maintain the strategic equation it the region

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Congratulations to all Pakistani Nation.

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  • Imran
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:41AM

    Good enough to keep the enemies away !

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  • Rabia
    Nov 17, 2014 - 11:43AM

    @dude:
    The most authoritative non-governmental assessment of world nuclear forces has revealed that India’s nuclear capabilities are seriously lagging behind those of its putative adversaries, Pakistan and China. and that is what i can see here as well.

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  • lol
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:04PM

    good….. that will take care of loadshedding ……. \m/ and will eradicate polio forever … :)

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  • dude
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:10PM

    @bahaha:

    Hatf is an intelligent system, far more capable than the Americans will ever have or the Israelis will ever envisage. Its fail-safe

    only possibility for its advanced intelligence system than USA, Israel is its name HATF

    @Rabia:

    pakistan doesn’t have its own nuclear technology, pakistan has no industry, research, universities to support its claim, its chinese, your nuclear scientist A Q Khan has no idea about basics of thermodynamics.

    pakistan tested chinese nuclear weapons. No one proved India is lagging behind pakistan, these are speculations, like number of nuclear warheads. no one can prove it accurately. but by considering the researches, investment, its easy to guess, which country is advancing in nuclear research- pakistan or India.
    same applies for your missiles. shaheen 1 is chinese M 9.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:17PM

    For maintaining the minimum deterrence for defence of Pakistan and Pakistani nation this is much the best,excellent and august.Very many many congratulations to you Pakistan armed forces.Keep it up…………………

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:17PM

    For maintaining the minimum deterrence for defence of Pakistan and Pakistani nation this is much the best,excellent and august.Very many many congratulations to you Pakistan armed forces and the scientists.Keep it up…………………

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  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:28PM

    It is just a matter of time that….
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistan test fires a missile run on water and guided by Jinns!.
    Pakistan Jindabad.

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  • Ali
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:35PM

    If only we were able to build intellectual minds instead of war-provoking weapons race

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  • Pakistani Patriot
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:42PM

    @All Indians.. should we send you burnol?? Be it chinese or what ever you say, they don’t fail again and again. And yes, when it comes to india, we will sacrifice all issues, to give you a befitting response. You got india from britain in free of cost, we bore the hardships, so we know the importance. You people are frustrated, after being ruled for centuries by Muslim rulers.. come to life.. and mind your business..

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  • Pakistani Patriot
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:51PM

    @dude: for reduced range, common sense says, it would be for targets at various ranges.
    ooh sorry, i forgot, you Indians don’t have common sense when it comes to Pakistan..

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  • Spock
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:07PM

    And thousands are dieing in thar due to hunger. Pakistan has got all its priorities wrong.

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  • lol
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:14PM

    meanwhile somewhere from thar areas …
    74 killed ….. likely to hit 100…….
    those guys must be proud…………

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  • azhar
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:26PM

    @ all others, except dude.

    Just ignore him. Because what they say:

    “You can not argue with stupid people. they will drage you to their level and then will beat you with their experience.”

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  • wb
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:46PM

    Do these really work?

    I ask this because, Pakistan military is so secretive and has lied so much in the past, unless there’s a third party confirmation, I don’t believe Pakistan’s claims.

    Have they used any of their missiles ever? Maybe even against India.Recommend

  • Lefty
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:55PM

    @LyingonTheface

    Stop the non-sense and get a life!

    Test firing an already test fired missile in response to India. Well good for Pakistan if it thinks that India will attack one day. Paranoid much? Or preparing to attack? Since history tells who has been agressor in wars, India has a reason to test. Pakistan seeks attention. I hope the government can hold on their breath and don’t commit a blunder. Because now in the age of satellite televisions surrenders are much more embarrasing. I pray for healthy future for both countries.

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  • Lefty
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:58PM

    @ Pakistani Patriot

    Don’t let hyper nationalism take over your mind and logic brother. Peace.

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  • lol
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:13PM

    @Pakistani Patriot: pakistan has always given india befitting response….dats y they tested the same missile after the launch of mars mission and again after it entered the obit ….. well done :)

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  • reply
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:17PM

    @dude i think as naval chief was there its a sea based surface to surface missile i THINK! Its capable to be launched from ships/submarines. Its for sea based launch in conventional/unconventional warheads. Thats why the Naval hierarchy was there, must have been that! Its my judgmental analysis!

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  • goldconsumer
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:32PM

    @dude:
    I was thinking to comment further but then I read this and saved a few moments of my life being wasted…

    “pakistan doesn’t have its own nuclear technology, pakistan has no industry, research, universities to support its claim, its chinese, your nuclear scientist A Q Khan has no idea about basics of thermodynamics.

    pakistan tested chinese nuclear weapons. No one proved India is lagging behind pakistan, these are speculations, like number of nuclear warheads. no one can prove it accurately. but by considering the researches, investment, its easy to guess, which country is advancing in nuclear research- pakistan or India.
    same applies for your missiles. shaheen 1 is chinese M 9.””

    You are high. Or too much laughter yoga has safronized you to a point of no return :)

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  • Truth
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:06PM

    @Pakistani Patriot: I am sorry your ancestors couldn’t save you from invaders and forceful conversion. Ours did so we still carry on our cultural legacy unlike you. And btw we didn’t get our land free of cost, our leaders fasted to death,went jail. Can you name me even a handful of yours that did the same? Come back to reality

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:24PM

    what is the longest Pakistani missile range

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  • Pradeep
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:46PM

    Congrats Pakistan… However I am still searching for all those Pakistani commentators who talk about solving poverty and hunger before launching space missions. Trying to know what their opinion is on spending on weapons instead of combating poverty.

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  • SHR
    Nov 17, 2014 - 4:28PM

    @Pradeep:
    Bro, you stay happy with Mission Moon and Mars, our land on planet earth is of more importance for us and for our people :) our priorities being human are different than that of searching aliens or life in the space, when we have more SPACE of improvement on planet earth already… have a good time

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  • Ms. Khan
    Nov 17, 2014 - 6:23PM

    While reading this news, I was wondering how can this information piece go smoothly without the mention of our RESPECTED NAWAZ OR ANYONE FROM THEIR FAMILY.
    They have an OPINION on everything..required or not required.

    Agreed: their are children dying in Thar. 3 days old, 7 days old, 3 months old..Will this “achievement” ever reach them? The one’s alive will never know what missile is…do they care? Should we care? They are fighting hunger..thirst..Rather than spending on “jet fuel”, if some honest ruling politician could buy water or milk and transport it to the homes of those dying children..

    Guys, please don’t time “fighting your neighbors”. Get your acts right.

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  • Chachoo
    Nov 17, 2014 - 6:30PM

    I dont know why Express tribune accept such comments that are far from reality and such accounts are definitely operated by Indian agents who are working round the clock to comment on all Pakistani news channels. Be it Dawn, Express tribune, Herald or any other we find so many trolls.
    The first comment by a username dude is a sabotage comment only to discredit Pakistan and our so called free speech experts approve such comments. On the other hand most of the comments of Pakistanis are rejected.

    @dude I dont know why ET have approved your comment as it is based on pure lies and it is far from reality. Shaheen series have three missile systems. 1, 1-A , 11 and 111 ( In Development phase). Shaheen 11 have a range of more than 2500 Kilometer while Shaheen 3 will cross 3000 Kilometer mark. Shaheen 1-A is an improvement to the existing 1 series.

    Pakistan have basically three range of ballistic missiles. One is SRBM ( Short range ballistic ), MRBM ( Shaheed 11, Ghauri-11) and LRBM ( Long range) ( Shaheen 111 will be included in it) . Shaheen 1 is always categorized in SRBM series so i dont know what you are talking about. ?

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  • dude
    Nov 17, 2014 - 8:53PM

    @Chachoo:
    I know. but you can search it by your own. but after the first test of Shaheen 1A, pakistani experts announced it as 4500 km missile. search on it.
    Shaheen 1 is chinese M9 missile and Shaheen 2 is chinese M18 missile. its a fact

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  • JmalNasir
    Nov 17, 2014 - 10:21PM

    @dude:

    Shaheen Missile has three different kinds with different ranges.

    Shaheen I,

    Shaheen 1A and

    Shaheen II**

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  • Chachoo
    Nov 17, 2014 - 10:59PM

    @dude: I am a regular follower of Pakistani News and I have never read it. You cannot validate your claims by Any Authentic link and it is a challenge from my side. Facts need proofs not some stupid claims out of sheer bias.

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  • dude
    Nov 18, 2014 - 12:49AM

    @Chachoo:
    i already commented with proof and evidences, but mods blocked all that. blame them.
    just search shaheen misile and chinese help. you can see German authenticated webpages too.
    @JmalNasir:
    shaheen 1, 1A- Chinese M 9 missile (range- 700 – 900km)
    shaheen 2- chinese M18 missile. (2500 km)Recommend

  • shouvik mukherjee
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:21AM

    @Imran:
    How are you going to keep the Pakistani Taliban away with this?

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  • Asok
    Nov 18, 2014 - 4:36AM

    Congratulations, Pakistan!

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  • Ahsan Abdullah
    Nov 19, 2014 - 12:48AM

    Thank you brave Pakistani Engineers and Scientists, our heros and the Real Defenders of Pakistan. Keep it up!

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  • Mirza
    Nov 19, 2014 - 3:42AM

    These missiles would eliminate the poverty and hunger from Pakistan particularly from Thar.

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  • Nov 22, 2014 - 12:27PM

    @Mirza:
    Mirza Sahab what are we all doing for Thari Children ???
    It is not our social and religious responsibility to do something ???
    Only criticize and feel happy ???:
    minimum deterrence is priority of Pakistan to safeguard our national interests and our defense managers are doing very good job in critical situation.
    But the situation in Tharparkar is very shameful for our Economic Managers, specially Sindh Government and our All Political Parties they are spending millions of rupees for political achievements

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