Pakistan’s navy didn’t say whether or not the test-fired Shaheen III missile was able to carrying nuclear weapons.
Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan has efficiently test-fired the surface-to-surface Shaheen III ballistic missile with a variety of two,750km (1,710 miles), its navy says.
The missile take a look at, carried out on Wednesday, “was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system”, stated a press release from the navy’s press wing.
The assertion stated the missile’s level of influence was within the Arabian Sea, and that the take a look at was witnessed by the chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Lieutenant-General Nadeem Zaki Manj, and different prime officers.
Pakistan’s navy didn’t say whether or not the examined model of the Shaheen III missile was able to carrying nuclear weapons, though it has beforehand been described as having that functionality.
Pakistan is one in every of eight nations worldwide with acknowledged nuclear weapons functionality.
Its jap neighbour and rival India, with whom it has fought three full-scale wars since each international locations gained independence from Britain in 1947, additionally has nuclear weapons.
The Shaheen III is Pakistan’s longest-range missile system, developed with the intention of being able to reaching Indian island territories to disclaim Indian forces the power to determine a “second strike capability”, in keeping with feedback made by retired Lieutenant-General Khalid Kidwai, the previous chief of Pakistan’s nuclear plans division in 2015.
“Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee asserted that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region and its strategic capability is to deter any aggression against the sovereignty of Pakistan,” stated the navy assertion after Wednesday’s take a look at.
Both South Asian international locations routinely conduct missile exams, of which they notify the opposite prematurely as per a 2005 bilateral missile take a look at pact.
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the navy and the scientists concerned after the profitable take a look at.
Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.