Pakistan has successfully test-fired the Shaheen 1A ballistic missile, which can deliver different warhead types to a range of around 900km.

The flight test was conducted to re-validate several design and technical parameters of the weapon system.

With an impact point in the Arabian Sea, the test was monitored by senior officers from strategic plans division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

Pakistan Strategic Plans Division director general lieutenant general Mazhar Jami said that ‘Pakistan’s strategic capabilities are based on credible minimum deterrence and desire for peaceful co-existence in the region.’

According to Jami, Shaheen-1A features an advanced guidance system, which ‘makes it a highly accurate missile system’.

The test followed Pakistan’s successful test-launch of the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile from an undisclosed location.

"Pakistan’s strategic capabilities are based on credible minimum deterrence."

The test was to validate various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at its maximum range.

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

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.

According to IB Times, Pakistan began developing nuclear weapons in 1972, and is reportedly one of nine countries to posess them.

Image: Pakistan has conducted a successful flight test of Shaheen 1A ballistic missile. Photo: courtesy of Inter Services Public Relations.