Pak tests nuclear-capable Hatf-II missile
Pakistan on Friday successfully tested the nuclear-capable Hatf-II
ballistic missile with a range of 180 kms, marking the second test of a
missile system in four days as part of measures to evaluate the
capabilities of its Strategic Forces.
The test of the Hatf-II or Abdali short range surface-to-surface ballistic
missile was part of the "process of validation of land-based ballistic
missile systems", the military said in a statement.
It described the test as successful but did not say where it was
The missile can carry nuclear or conventional warheads with "high
accuracy", the statement said.
"The weapon system with its varied manoeuvrability options provides an
operational level capability to Pakistan's Strategic Forces," it said.
On February 11, Pakistan tested the nuclear-capable Hatf-IX tactical
missile with a range of 60 kms.
The military had said the weapon system was specially designed to defeat
anti-tactical missile defence systems.
Analysts say the short-range Hatf-IX missile is primarily aimed at
deterring India's Cold Start military doctrine, which envisages quick
thrusts by small integrated battle groups in the event of hostilities.
Friday's test was witnessed by Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman
Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne, Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt Gen
(retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Army Strategic Forces Command chief Lt Gen
Tariq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the Strategic Forces and
scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.
The president and prime minister congratulated the scientists and
engineers on the test "which consolidates Pakistan's deterrence capability
both at the operational and strategic levels", the statement said.
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