Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired an intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A Weapon System, the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said.
The ISPR said in a statement that the Strategic Plans Division had launched the Shaheen-1 Alpha missile on Wednesday from an undisclosed location while its target was in sea.
“The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.,” the ISPR said.
“Today’s launch, whose impact point was at sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman NESCOM Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers,” the statement added.
DG SPD Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R) congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target.
He said that the improved version of Shaheen 1A will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan’s deterrence abilities. He appreciated the efforts of all personnel for their dedication and professionalism.
It may be recalled that the Shaheen-1 Ballistic Missile System, with a range of 700 kms, is an operationalised weapon system held by the ASFC and is routinely fired during training exercises by the troops of the ASFC.
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have also congratulated the scientists on successful launch of the missile.
India had test fired its first Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni V of range more than 5000kms on April 18.