Pakistan successfully tests fire ballistic missile Shaheen-II

12:49 PM | 23 May, 2019
Pakistan successfully tests fire ballistic missile Shaheen-II
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has conducted successful training launch of the surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II, the Radio Pakistan reports on Thursday.

The missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1500 kilometres.

Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan's strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.

The training launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command.

Having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, the launch was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of the strategic organizations.

President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the services chiefs congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful launch of the missile.

Pakistan’s Shaheen-II training launch came after the Indian Air Force (IAF) test fired the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

The air-launched version of BrahMos missile is a 2.5-ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with a range of approximately 300 km, designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace.

The IAF claimed to become worlds’ first air force to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017.