Pakistan tests n-capable missile

Islamabad, April 10 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday successfully launched an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) that can carry nuclear warheads, the military said.

The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 km, an army statement said.

“Pakistan today (Wednesday) conducted a successful launch of the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1 Weapon System,” Xinhua reported citing the statement from Inter-Services Public Relations.

It said the missile incorporates series of improvements in range and technical parameters of the existing missile.

The launch, whose impact point was at sea, was witnessed by senior officials who deal with Pakistan’s missile system.

The officials who were present at the test included former director general of Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, chairman of the National Engineering and Scientific Commission NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers.

Kidwai said that the improved version of Shaheen-1 has consolidated and strengthened Pakistan’s deterrence abilities manifold and he appreciated the efforts of all personnel for their dedication and professionalism.

Kidwai congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch, the military statement said.

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