Pakistan test-fires Shaheen-III surface to surface ballistic missile

21 January 2021 (Last Updated January 21st, 2021 16:18)

The Pakistan military has test-fired a medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a strike range of up to 2,750km.

Pakistan test-fires Shaheen-III surface to surface ballistic missile
Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen-III missile. Credit: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The Pakistan military has test-fired a medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a strike range of up to 2,750km.

Test flight of the Shaheen-III missile was intended to re-validate the weapon system’s several design and technical parameters.

The missile is said to be capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.

A statement from Pakistani army media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the test’s impact point was in the Arabian Sea.

The test was overseen by several senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division, as well as scientists and engineers.

An ISPR statement reads: “Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee congratulated scientists and engineers on the conduct of this successful test. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee asserted that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region and its strategic capability is to deter any aggression against the sovereignty of Pakistan.

“He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists and engineers, who contributed whole-heartedly in making the missile launch successful.

“President, Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Services Chiefs have congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of today’s missile test.”

Shaheen-III is jointly developed by the national engineering and scientific commission, and the space and upper atmosphere research commission.

In December 2015, Pakistan Army conducted the test-launch of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile from an undisclosed location.

Earlier this month, the country flight tested a guided multi-launch rocket system (GMLRS), Fatah-1.