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Pakistan conducts successful test of Baber cruise missile (enhanced range)

The Pakistani military says it has successfully tested the ‘enhanced-range’ Babur cruise missile.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced Tuesday that the Pakistan Army had successfully tested a “enhanced-range” version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile 1B. Strategic deterrence will be bolstered by the test, according to the Director General of Strategic Plans Division.

Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Director General of the Strategic Plan Division (SPD), has congratulated the scientists and engineers on their success in cruise missile technology, according to the military’s media arm. He also expressed his full confidence that Pakistan’s strategic deterrence would be further strengthened by this test.

ISPR said the leaders of the country’s government and military also congratulated scientists and engineers on the successful launch of the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Media reports stated that Dr. Raza Samar, Chairman NESCOM, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Ali, Commander Army Strategic Force Command, senior officers from the SPD, strategic forces, scientists and engineers from strategic organisations were all in attendance for the launch.

Fatah-1, a Pakistan-made guided multi-launch rocket system capable of delivering conventional warheads, was successfully tested earlier this month.

The Shaheen 1-A medium-range ballistic missile was successfully test-launched by the army in March of this year. Test flight “was designed to re-validate various design and technical parameters of weapon system, including an advanced navigation system,” said military’s media wing at time. The missile had a range of about 900 kilometres, according to military.

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