ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conducted a “successful” training launch of the Shaheen-I, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers, a statement released by the army’s media wing, the ISPR said.
“The launch was conducted as part of a training exercise which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command. Shaheen-I missile is capable of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 kilometers,” it added.
Pakistan successfully conducted training launch of SSBM
Shaheen-1 capable of delivering all types of warheads upto range of 650 KMs. Launch was aimed at testing operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence. pic.twitter.com/xXynslmjLt
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 18, 2019
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, and other senior officials, including scientists and engineers, oversaw the launch on Monday wherein troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in “handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence.”
It comes amid heightened tensions between Pakistan and India after New Delhi’s decision to revoke the special autonomous status of the disputed territory of Kashmir on August 5.
Both India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Kashmir region since 1947 when the two got independence from British rule.