Pakistan on Friday conducted a test of the nuclear-capable Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 km, capable of striking targets deep inside India.
The test, conducted from an undisclosed location, was described as successful by the military’s media arm. It was aimed at “validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system”, an official statement said.
The missile’s impact point was in the Arabian Sea and the test validated “all the desired parameters”, the statement said.
Lt Gen Mazhar Jamil, the director general of the Strategic Plans Division that manages Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, said after the test that “Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region for which nuclear deterrence would further strengthen strategic stability in South Asia”.
He said the test was a “significant milestone in complementing the deterrence capability” of Pakistan.
Jamil further said he had “full confidence” in the Strategic Command and Control System and the “Strategic Forces’ operational preparedness to defend against any aggressive design”.
Pakistan has developed a wide range of nuclear-capable missiles, most of them with help from China, that are India-centric. Experts believe Pakistan has one of the fastest growing nuclear arsenals.