ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
According to the ISPR, Pakistan successfully test fired a new medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and non-nuclear warheads to a range of 2,750 km.
In the statement the ISPR stated that its goal was to validate various design and technical parameters of the weapons system which was done successfully in the Arabian sea.
The test was witnessed by officials from the Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, Scientists and Engineers of Strategic organisations.
Speaking on the occasion were Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, President Mamnoon Hussein and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Gen Jamil stated that the Scientists and Engineers working to complement Pakistan’s nuclear deterance capability are worthy of commendation, he added that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence with her neighbors and having a strong nuclear deterrence would be a source of stability in the South Asian region. He expressed his satisfaction and confidence of the Strategic Command and Control System and the operational preparedness of the special forces to defend against any aggressive design.
President Mamoon and Prime Minister Nawaz on their part also congratulated the Scientists and engineers on the success of the missile test.
The predecessors of Shaheen III Shaeen I and II are also capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads but at shorter distances of 900km and 1500km respectively.