Named Ababeel, the weapon has a maximum range of 2,200km
The country’s military proudly announced it had successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile for the first time.
Named Ababeel, the weapon has a maximum range of 2,200km (1,367 miles) and is capable of carrying “multiple warheads”, a statement confirmed.
The missile uses ‘Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology’, allowing it simultaneously attack several targets.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media branch of the Pakistani armed forces, said the missile would “further enforce deterrence”.
The pair clash over a number of issues, including the disputed region of Kashmir
It added: “The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.
“Ababeel is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy’s hostile radars.
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“Development of the Ababeel Weapon System is aimed an ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.”
It went on to say the Pakistani prime minister and president congratulated the team on the “landmark achievement”.
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The second nuclear test this month, Pakistan announced two weeks ago it successfully fired a submarine-based nuclear-capable missile for the first time.
On January 9 Pakistan launched the Babur-3 cruise missile “from an underwater, mobile platform” in the Indian ocean.
The Pakistani prime minister and president congratulated the team on the “landmark achievement”
Ababeel is capable of carrying nuclear warheads
The military added: “[It] hit its target with precise accuracy."
A statement said: “The successful attainment of a second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone; it is manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan’s neighborhood.”
The tests are thought to send a clear message to its neighbour and rival, India, which successfully tested its own anti-ballistic missile system last year.
Both have regularly tested missiles since becoming nuclear capable in the 1990s.
Both have regularly tested ballistic missiles since becoming nuclear capable in the 1990s
The pair clash over a number of issues, including the disputed region of Kashmir, which has seen them fight two wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947.
The most recent fracas happened last September when Indian armed forces conducted what they termed ‘surgical strikes’ against alleged terrorists inside Pakistan.
The event saw Pakistan threaten nuclear war on its neighbour, and the bitter rivalry between the two countries has often led to fears of ‘nuclearisation’ of the Indian Ocean.