The Pakistan Army has conducted the successful test firing of an enhanced range version of its natively built Babur cruise missile.
The newly upgraded Babur Weapon System-1 (B) features advanced aerodynamics and avionics that enable it to accurately strike targets at land and sea at a range of 700km.
Also known as Babur-1B, the missile was launched from a transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle, as was shown in a video footage released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan military, reported IHS Jane.
The missile cruised its way and struck a target at an undisclosed location.
The low-flying system is equipped with stealth features and is capable of carrying a wide variety of ammunition.
It is fitted with the latest advanced terrain contour matching (TERCOM) navigational technologies and all-time digital scene matching and area co-relation (DSMAC).
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These technologies allow the missile to engage with a wide range of targets with exact precision even in the absence of global positioning system (GPS) navigation, according to a release ISPR.
Pakistan’s Babur series of missiles are capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear payloads and are considered as the ‘important force multipliers’ for the country’s policy of strategic deterrence.
Last year, Pakistan test fired its first Babur-3 submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), which was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, reported Radio Free Europe.
With a 450km range, the Babur-3 missile has the ability to fly low to evade radar and air defences, providing an enhanced second-strike capability.