Pakistan continue to improve defense capabilities as the Army conducted a successful Training Launch of Babur Cruise Missile with a range of 450 kilometers.
According to the press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), on Thursday, the army successfully test-fired a short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of hitting land and sea targets with “high precision” up to 450 kilometers away. The Babur cruise missile IA was launched from a “state of the art Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle”.
The media statement says that the test launch was attended by National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Nescom) Chairperson Dr. Raza Samar, Commander of Army Strategic Forces Command Lt Gen Muhammad Ali, senior officers of strategic plans division, army strategic forces command as well as scientists and engineers of strategic organization.
Nescom chief Dr. Samar lauded the “standard of training and operational preparedness” of the armed forces which “was reflected by the proficient handling of the weapon system in the field”. He also praised the contributions of scientists and engineers towards the “enhancement of Pakistan’s strategic capability”.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairperson and the services chiefs praised and greeted the armed forces with congratulations.
Babur was the third missile test carried out over the past three weeks. The army conducted a successful test of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III on January 20. Moreover, the army efficaciously conducted the ‘training launch’ of nuclear-capable ballistic missile Ghaznavi, earlier this month, as part of its annual field training exercise.
The test flight was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.
The army had also test-fired an indigenously developed extended-range guided Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in January 2021.