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March 10, 2015

2,750-km range Shaheen-III missile test-fired

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March 10, 2015

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test launch of surface-to surface-ballistic missile Shaheen-III, which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 kilometres.
According to a defence analyst, all of India has come in the range of the Shaheen-III missile, which has the capability of carrying warheads up to a 2,750 kilometer- range. The test launch was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at the maximum range.
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.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated the successful test fire of surface-to-surface missile and congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, while congratulating 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 had contributed wholeheartedly to make the launch a success. He showed his full confidence in the Strategic Command and Control System and the strategic forces’ capability to safeguard the security of the motherland against any aggression.
APP adds: Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has congratulated the scientists and engineers on successfully launching the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
He said that the test fire validates the design and technical parameters of the weapon and also enhances the capability and deterrence capacity of Pakistan.Mumtaz Alvi adds: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday welcomed

the successful test of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface missile with an expanded range of 2,750 kms.
She noted this expanded range has now put all Indian strategic centres within range and reasserts deterrence after the Indo-US-Israeli Ballistic Missile Defence Cooperation (BMD).“India’s BMD programme threatened deterrence in the Sub-continent and a natural fallout has been a higher level of nuclear weapons and delivery systems in the region. Why the US would deliberately encourage this is mind boggling,” Mazari stated in a statement here.
She said unlike India’s expansive nuclear and missile programme ranging from SRBMs to ICBMs and BMD with a space-based component, Pakistan has focused on SRBMs and MRBMs, improving CEPs, range, payloads and reliability.
Mazari pointed out that Pakistan had also succeeded in developing a cruise missile as well as in miniaturisation, as reflected in the Nasr missile, so it is moving rapidly to the second strike capability, which will bolster and stabilise deterrence in the Sub-continent.

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