Pakistan conducts test-launch of Shaheen-III ballistic missile

13 December 2015 (Last Updated December 13th, 2015 18:30)

The Pakistan Army has successfully conducted the test-launch of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile from an undisclosed location.

The Pakistan Army has successfully conducted a test-launch of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile from an undisclosed location.

A statement from inter-services public relations (ISPR) said that the test's impact point was in the Arabian Sea.

Overseen by senior officers from the strategic plans division, as well as scientists and engineers of strategic organisations, the test was to validate various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at maximum range.

"Mazhar Jamil called the launch a 'significant milestone in complementing the deterrence capability'."

Capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 2750km, the missile successfully hit the pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea.

Pakistan Strategic Plans Division director general lieutenant general Mazhar Jamil called the launch a 'significant milestone in complementing the deterrence capability'.

Shaheen-III is a medium-range ballistic missile, and is jointly developed by the national engineering and scientific commission, and the space and upper atmosphere research commission.

It is expected to replace the liquid-fuelled Ghauri-III intermediate-range ballistic missile, which was cancelled during the development stage.

Shaheen-III is part of the Pakistan Army's solid-fuelled Shaheen missile family, and reportedly has a range greater than that of any other Pakistani missile.

With respective ranges of 900km and 1,500km, the Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II missiles were tested last year.

IBTimes UK has reported that Pakistani scientists and engineers are currently working to enhance the missile's capabilities.