RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test-fire of the multi-tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), which can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads with stealth capabilities.
The Babur Cruise Missile has a range of 700 kilometres and it is a low-flying terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features.
This was the third test-fire conducted by Pakistan in the recent past, of different capacity and load, and has proved the superiority in missile technology of Pakistan. “It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities,” said an official announcement. “It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (Tercom) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enhances its precision and effectiveness manifolds.”
The missile was launched from a state-of-the-art multi-tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV) which significantly enhances the targeting and employment options of Babur Weapon System in both the conventional and nuclear modes.
The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who have congratulated scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.
Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and Defence Production, has congratulated the team of scientists, technicians and military personnel for demonstrating their professional prowess and scientific skill in the successful test of the Hatf-VII Cruise Missile.
Talking to the media at the Parliament House, Mushahid said he, on behalf of all members of the committee, expressed their appreciation of the successful test, which is an expression of Pakistan’s indigenous defence capability. He said deterrence is a vital factor in the preservation of security and peace in this volatile region. Mushahid said Pakistan’s nuclear and missile capability came in response to the Indian initiatives in both these areas which injected the nuclear factor in South Asia in 1974 and the missile factor in 1988.
The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Nescom), Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organisations, scientists and engineers.
The test will consolidate Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability, and further strengthen national security.
APP adds: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated the nation on the successful test of Hatf 7, Babar Missile here Tuesday. In a message the prime minister said that Pakistan was a peaceful country, but would take all steps for its defence.
The government is committed to defend the country, he added. He lauded the skill of Pakistani scientists, engineers and workers on the successful test.