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N-capable ballistic missile successfully test-fired

/ 26 April 2012

“Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A weapon system,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday. It is an upgraded version of the ‘Shaheen 1’ with a longer range, the statement added but did not reveal the exact range.

“Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A weapon system,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Wednesday. It is an upgraded version of the ‘Shaheen 1’ with a longer range, the statement added but did not reveal the exact range.

The missile, an improved version of Shaheen-1 has a better range than before and is capable of hitting its target more accurately with improvements in range and technical parameters.

Wednesday’s launch, with the impact point at sea, was witnessed among others by Director General (DG) Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, who congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target.

He said that the improved version of Shaheen 1A will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan’s deterrence abilities.

The exact range of the missile was not revealed, but is estimated to have a payload capacity of 1,000kg and ability to hit targets up to 2,500 to 3,000km away, putting India well within reach.

The test missile’s impact point was somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Pakistan’s arsenal includes short, medium and long range missiles named after Muslim conquerors.

Pakistan’s most recent missile test came last month with the launch of the short-range nuclear-capable Abdali, while in April 2008 it tested the Shaheen II, or Hatf VI, missile with a range of 2,000km.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated the scientists working on the programme over the success of the missile test.

The launch comes days after India announced that it had successfully test-fired a new nuclear-capable, long-range missile. The Agni-V has a range of 5,000km.

India’s missile brought a muted international response, with China downplaying its significance, insisting the countries were partners not rivals, and Washington calling for “restraint” among nuclear powers.

This was in sharp contrast to the widespread fury and condemnation that greeted North Korea’s unsuccessful test launch of a long-range rocket on April 13.

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