Pakistan on Tuesday (Today) conducted a successful test flight of the Ababeel surface-to-surface missile (SSM), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army’s public relations wing.
The missile is capable of hitting the target up to the range of 2200 kilometres.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) January 24, 2017
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has congratulated the team and Pakistan Armed forces for the landmark achievement.
Ababeel has a maximum range of 2,200 kilometres and is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology, an ISPR press release said.
The Ababeel test came on the heels of a successful test of submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-III earlier this month.
“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 military had said after the Babur-III test.
The missile, launched from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean from an underwater, mobile platform, had hit its target with precise accuracy, the Army had said.
Babur-III is a sea-based variant of ground-launched cruise missile Babur-II, which was successfully tested in December last year.