Pakistan conducts successful test launch of Shaheen-III missile

Published: March 9, 2015
Screen grab of Shaheen-III Missile.

Screen grab of Shaheen-III Missile.

Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of the Shaheen-III Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile on Monday, which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km, ISPR reported.

The test launch was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at a maximum range.

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The successful launch, with its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by senior officers from the strategic plans division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, while congratulating the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of historic significance, termed it a major step towards strengthening Pakistan’s deterrence capability.

He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed wholeheartedly to make the launch a success.

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Lt Gen Zubair showed his full confidence over the strategic command and control system and the strategic forces’ capability to safeguard the security of the country against any aggression.

The successful test launch and achievement of this range milestone has also been warmly appreciated by the president and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who both congratulated the scientists and engineers on their achievement.

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  • Mehran Khan
    Mar 9, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Please stop wasting our tax payers money. I would prefer my money to be used on education and development.Recommend

  • Bob
    Mar 9, 2015 - 2:46PM

    @Mahran Khan … by the way how much tax you actually pay?

    We have seen half of our country axed by our neighboring enemy and don’t want history to repeat itself. I am grateful to Allah that he has enabled us to defend our homeland.Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 9, 2015 - 2:50PM

    @Mehran Khan:
    You should first inculcate this in India, where defense budget is likely to inflate every year belligerency fumes with the advent of modi and in response Pakistan to increase his budget and weaponry to countervail thatRecommend

  • Mar 9, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Around 3 weeks back I have mentioned that in next 10 days Pakistan will launch a fire cracker to counter India’s nuclear test-fires; However they have taken 10 more days. For reference click on the following URL and read the third comment.

    “Mark my words, within 10 days Pak-Army will launch something even if it is a fire cracker.”Recommend

  • Junaid Abbasi
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Worth spent money. I hope they achieve inter continent range. Do you Guys know what is the distance of Israel from pakistan. ? :DRecommend

  • Sami Khan
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:18PM

    The poverty and unemployment rates dropped to the lowest with the test of this imported missile. keep on scare us from the ‘Imaginary Threats’. Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Pakistan is in a dire need to develop its own SLV ( Space launch vehicle ). The rockets that are powering those long range missiles could be modified to develop a launch vehicle for Space missions. In Musharraf and Zardari times SUPARCO pushed harder to develop those vehicles but no one was interested that time.
    It is my request to the current government to start the SLV project again. Any country with a long range missile capability can easily develop those systems. India is developing those indigenous SLVs and now many countries give their business of sending satellites to India. The space industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The defense industry must be modified to put this technology to civilian use. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Good Job Pak Army, it’s very necessary to keep India at bay.
    Pakistan Zindabad. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:36PM

    Alhamdulillah! The honor and dignity of Pakistan is restored.Recommend

  • Gafoor
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:40PM

    TPTB in Pakistan are not interested in the economy. Defence is all they care about and the only defence related motivation for space rockets is for ICBM use. Since we are only concerned with fighting india we have no use for ICBMs. The Indians OTOH want to fight China and they want to become a global power so they need longer range missiles.

    Mehran Khan is right. All of this expenditure on missiles is a waste anyway. We should build more toilets instead:

  • Malatesh
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:42PM

    1971 was a suicide attempt by pakistan, India had left with no choice tha Iliberating Bangladesh, india has a history of not attacking any other country without any provocation. Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Mar 9, 2015 - 3:47PM

    @Raisani Pakistan Army did not develop this missile. It is a civilian led program and NESCOM develops such technologies. So congratulate the Civilian UnSung heroes of Pakistan that do not take the credit and work for Pakistan. Unfortunately when it comes to Inauguration then Generals are invited and original developers are not credited as Just like Politicians our Generals want to take the whole credit of development.Recommend

  • Haider
    Mar 9, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Meanwhile Modi requesting for Burnol!!
    All those comments trying to remind us our poverty should focus on their own country rather than discussing our issues. See the increased percentage of indian defense budget.


  • Raisani
    Mar 9, 2015 - 4:15PM

    Mehreen, whether it’s Pak Army’s Generals, jawans or civil nuclear scientists. All are praiseworthy, but since by this missile Pak Army’s capability of defense has been boosted up, so i gave a well-done gesture to them, but it meant the whole nation overall coz Pak army is no other than us. So chill! n don’t forget to say “Pakistan Zindabad”. :)Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2015 - 4:28PM

    yes a you are right a fire cracker is enough to destry india.Recommend

  • deja vu
    Mar 9, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Congratulations on this historic moment

    Long Live PakistanRecommend

  • Murtaza
    Mar 9, 2015 - 4:57PM

    Pakistan’s missile program is an effective and reliable deterrent and provides foundation for lasting peace and security all over the world. Pakistan should deal with the world forces on the basis of sovereign equality and fundamental principles based on human values.Recommend

  • Ramu
    Mar 9, 2015 - 4:59PM

    Pakistani scientists and engineers have ability to build missiles of short, medium and long range with proper guidance systems. This program can make Pakistan a strong, stable and prosperous nation. Recommend

  • Asfandyar
    Mar 9, 2015 - 5:01PM

    Pak army needs to invest mor in carrier fleets and navy. A strong navy can easily control the gulf to safeguard our interests and keep a check on chabhhar port of Iran Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 9, 2015 - 5:26PM

    @Junaid Abbasi:
    Doesn’t this range cover distance to israel? I think it does.

    @Chachoo. so india has launched any satellite for any other country yet?? You know indian technology is usually always shabby in quality. I wonder why countries would risk wasting their satellites putting them in india hands.
    But yes i think pakistan can do very well in slv. What is the range required to the orbit. Atmosphere is 200km above us.

    Anyways, thats good.
    @Gafoor, if we will allocate the budget which is assinged for defense, to the civilian projects, it will only be pillaged and looted by our political leadership. And i hardly believe it will benefit civilians. And we need defence spending,it is not that huge part of overall budget.

    Yes indians we know you tested 5000km fire cracker in january. Nirbhay or whatever.Recommend

  • omar k cheema
    Mar 9, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Defence budget is just 3-4% of GDP.Recommend

  • Allisa
    Mar 9, 2015 - 8:17PM

    @zara haq:
    Under which rock are you sleeping? India has launched a number of satellites belonging to other countries. They can launch anything under 3 tons or so and if it is over they use European Space Agency’s Arienne rockets..Recommend

  • Waqar Qureshi
    Mar 9, 2015 - 8:35PM

    Congratulations Pakistan for successful test of Shaheen-III with a range of 2750 Kilometers.

    P.S: To understand significance of this test, draw a circle with a radius of 2750km at each 4 extreme corners on map of Pakistan :)

    P.P.S: I am very happy and pleased with my tax money being used for such projects rather than Dr Noon’s Metro.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 9, 2015 - 10:46PM

    As i am not obsessed with india. So i didnt know. Wait i don’t even care to know.

    Actually you know when india had said it detected water on moon, intl community was very hesitant to accept, because they didn’t trust indian technology and the quality of instruments used was considered to be low. And actually they still don’t think too highly of you. Google the moon bit yourself. anyways , so who knows how your slvs work.

    Oh back to topic.
    Mehreen, iwas reading president and pm had congratulated engineers and scientists. And army was thanking them too.
    Nescom, ndc, paec all work in collabration with army or per the defence needs of country. I don’t know how generals can take credit. Everyone knows , its scientists’ brains not army officers. These departments are not army’s job.
    Like india has DRDO .Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 9, 2015 - 11:54PM

    Pakistan’s the defense system has become impregnable after the country successfully test-fired nuclear-capable missile Shaheen-III. Now the country should be concentrating on research and advancement in health and education sectors. It is high time that the country must build a powerful image in economy and business in the world.Recommend

  • Asok
    Mar 10, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Stop making news out of missile tests by India and Pakistan. These are now routine events.Recommend

  • Sri
    Mar 10, 2015 - 1:29AM

    Pakistan has enough deterrence against India with the nuclear weapons it has…there is really no need to develop these long range missiles other than to waste money. The notion that India will take over Pakistan is a self defeating prophecy. There is nothing that Pakistan has in terms of natural resources or human resources that India or for that matter any other nation would covet. Recommend

  • Amish
    Mar 10, 2015 - 5:15AM

    @zara haq: you again popped up.
    Ok. So we want to here about Pakistan quality. Tell me what quality product in any of the sector you have produced. Which Pakistani company is known to world? Fact is now a days Pakistanis in my office maintain low profile bec people ask them all uncomfortable questions. They have nothing to say. You cannot even make rail locomotive and talking about technology of satellite. Please see your’s already burnt. You can only make mehran so thump your chest about it and be in your cocoon about other’s capabilities while others are marching ahead.

    Again Kashmir is inseparable part of India ..Pakistan cannot do anything about it till the end of this world.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 10, 2015 - 9:58AM

    “Please see your’s already burnt.”

    I can sense your burnt whooped behind due to my comment. You dare use this filthy language against me again then watch your fate. I know you indians are too good using such words before women of your house. You got no respect for women and hence you are kings in rape.
    Et is this what your moderation has come down to. Now you have to publish my comment.
    and if you arent publishing then great i am not coming back to this forum enjoy keeping these indian junk to post here and make money out of sick ads you post.

    And what locomotives you have built. That clunker good for nothing marooti.
    Don’t show me your crass business outsourcing. Your outsourced call center staff doesn’t know the first thing about products people call them for help. You often have to request to speak to some ‘real’ company manager to resolve the issue.
    Keep your crass manufacturing to yourself. Your homemade tejas are coming after 30 years of conception. I recommnd, in its place fly a paper plane. will serve you better. What expertise you have, you can’t even build dams. Google how many your dams have collapsed. You dont even know how to spell your name, anish amish whatever

    And finally again before you open your mouth again watch your tongue. Just watch your language before me. Tumharay leay acha hoga.
    Et publish my commentRecommend

  • Pity
    Mar 10, 2015 - 1:48PM

    YEs, we are seeing this in Balochistan. Give it up bro. Recommend

  • Junaid Abbasi
    Mar 10, 2015 - 6:25PM

    Well boys. I think no country would like to risk money to unexperianced countries like india or pakistan to send satellites. China is already sending them, with low cost. we cant beat them. Pakistan hired chines company back in 2011 i think to send PAKSATIII. Its good we do research in this. for exploration. as for pakistan we also need to test some kick a*s land to satellite missiles Like china did in past. Recommend

  • Just Chill
    Mar 10, 2015 - 9:35PM

    @zara haq:
    “And finally again before you open your mouth again watch your tongue. Just watch your language before me. Tumharay leay acha hoga.”

    Even though your threat wasnt directed at me I actually want to know what exactly you are going to do to people who disagree with you? Relax and have a discussion cause thats what this forum is for. I doubt anybody is concerned by threats on the internet and also I doubt you can fire Shaheen III or someother missile on them to shut them up. Plus the language used by @Amish was not really offensive and you used exactly the same language if not worse thereafter.

    Congrats on the test firstly but Pakistan already has nukes and missiles that can hit every part of India and this is enough of a deterant in my view. Yes you should develop your nuclear technology but all these missile tests seem like they are for public consumption. If you fail to see this as an educated Pakistani then its only your loss.

    Also failure is part of research and development and India has had its share of failures (probably too many) but will continue to do work on R&D in every field and improve quality where it has been lacking. There is no switch to fix all problems overnight. I appreciate your criticism of things that are wrong in India (some maybe exagerated) cause its something which Im sure every Indian wants to improve. Be positive and take a chill pill. So much negativity and hostility will give you a migrane.

    ET please publish. Nothing personal here.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 10, 2015 - 11:04PM

    @Just Chill:
    Maybe you hven’t read my posts. I actually respond to discussions just the way other side presents its arguments, as in how aggressively. but i don’t cross my boundries and write statements like ” your back is burned” etc. I hate this sort of talk. If you notice my posts i stay very respectful towards others’ and i am sorry if anything i said offended you as an indian. But your countrymen come and write a lot of rubbish here. But what this man said was way beyond my patience threshold. I never get this personal. If you want educated discussions plz keep such sick talk out.
    and i am all for educated intellectual discourses. And i am all cool. And you said i exaggerated certain stuff. Do share where you felt i was wrong. I like hearing and learning.
    But this amish sort of people are not suited for civil discourses.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Mar 10, 2015 - 11:59PM

    @ET: Under what parameters does the comment from this stupid half educated lady called Zara haq (or whatever) qualify?
    She says she is not obsessed with India hence does not know about India’s space program.
    If she doesnot know and does not care to know then how come she says “so india has launched any satellite for any other country yet?? You know indian technology is usually always shabby in quality. I wonder why countries would risk wasting their satellites putting them in india hands.”
    That is because there is a difference between any other country and Pakistan.
    However she makes a it point to post stupid and laughable comment with respect to India all the time.Recommend

  • Pops
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:18AM

    @zara haq:
    This one is just for you Zara. Don’t lose any sleep over it. This was in 2008.

  • zara haq
    Mar 11, 2015 - 12:33AM

    Kushal,amish anish whatever i dont bother with people like you. Below my standard. Keep sulking.Recommend

  • dada
    Mar 11, 2015 - 9:53AM

    Why does a missile need a missile? Even with thick burkha world knows that Pakistan is a missile of Angloes & now Saudi Barbarian, aimed at India. During cold war it was also aimed at Soviets. Until imperialists and colonizers give rent for this missile in Burkha it will go on developing new missiles with the help of Chinese, the new renter. It seems the missile is alive and now threatening the erstwhile renters.Recommend

  • ASM
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:41AM

    Zara. Keep smashing these double faced potheads, who remain obsessed with Pakistan but boasts of becoming a “GLOBAL” power that too on the shoulders of their new found love, the USA.Recommend

  • Divyo
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:27AM

    It will be better for pakistan if same commitment is shown in space and other thechnological field..Recommend

  • Kushal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:02PM

    @Zara: Your standard is exposed. Just like the relevance of your nation.
    @ET: When you make it a point to publish all the crap Zara posts, then you should also give us a fair chance for rebuttal.Recommend

  • Bhoot
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:17PM

    Thank you china for your support.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 3:49PM

    Lovely paint job, Pakistan. You painters are simply excellent and no one, I repeat no one can match them. They leave their signature on the object they paint, be it Bedford trucks or Karachi buses or made in china missiles. India should appreciate this and outsource all its paintwork to Pakistan.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 11, 2015 - 4:29PM

    @ASM: Lolz

    Bechara kushal seems like will lose mind out of frustration. He is that amish posting above. Seiously you see their manners. And honestly one doesn’t feel surprised why their women is so humiliated.
    Anyways,i wont bother with him. Who cares for ppl who dont know how to debate.
    And don’t worry about my nation’s standard, wherever it is quality wise better than yours. Alhamdulillah.
    Thnx et for allowing him so many personal attacks on me. Nice moderation as usual ( i am sarcastic) And it will be nice if you wont censor this. Just chill you can see the mindset of your countrymen now. His posts have taken all discussion section to gutter.Recommend

  • Deepak
    Mar 11, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Good for Pakistani defence.

    Some ppl whom I always ignore are not worth even engaging in discussions, I have repeatedly ignored one such attention seeker on many such threads called Zara. I am forced to respond seeing that you guys are taking this commentator seriously who is coming to Tribune space and acting as if Pakistani state owns media.

    Others media is global whether you like it or not.

    Pakistan did a commendable job despite of having less resources

    This isn’t a personal attack! Publish this Recommend

  • Kushal
    Mar 11, 2015 - 6:17PM

    @ET: I am asking you again and again if you allow this type crap to be published in the comments section then you should give us a chance to give a befitting reply.
    @Deepak: Spot on Deepak. People like Zara comes to this forum only to grab attention and humiliates herself and her nation. She doesn’t have the IQ or knowledge to put forward a valid argument. Still wondering what are the parameters which the guide the moderators to allow a comment to be published.Recommend

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