Pakistan has conducted its first successful flight test of a new medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, on 24 January.
Named Ababeel, the surface-to-surface MRBM has a maximum range of 2,200 km and is capable of delivering multiple warheads, including nuclear ones, using multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology, according to ISPR.
"Ababeel has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy's hostile radars," said ISPR, indicating that the weapon system's development is aimed at "ensuring [the] survivability of Pakistan's ballistic missiles in the growing regional ballistic missile defence environment.
"This will further reinforce deterrence," the statement added.
The test flight was aimed at "validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system", ISPR said.
The announcement followed the successful test launch of Pakistan's first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) in early January.
Named Babur-3, the SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an underwater, mobile platform at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. Capable of delivering various types of payloads, the Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of the Babur-2 ground-launched cruise missile, which was successfully tested in December 2016, according to ISPR.
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