RAWALPINDI: Two days after India conducted the first night trial of nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-II, Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful training launch of Shaheen-I, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, the launch was conducted as part of a training exercise “aimed at testing the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command”.
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, NESCOM chairman, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers witnessed the training launch.
Pakistan successfully conducted training launch of SSBM
Shaheen-1 capable of delivering all types of warheads upto range of 650 KMs. Launch was aimed at testing operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence. pic.twitter.com/xXynslmjLt
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 18, 2019
Shaheen-I is a short-range solid-propellant ballistic missile with a range of 650km (404 miles) which has been in the national arsenal since 2003. It can carry either a conventional or a nuclear warhead and usually uses a mobile launcher as a platform.
“Troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence,” ISPR stated.
In August, Pakistan had successfully carried out the night training launch of Ghaznavi, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.