Pakistan successfully conducted a night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) early Thursday.
“Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi,” said a tweet by Director-General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
He added that the missile was “capable of delivering multiple types of warheads” a distance of up to 290 km (180 miles).
The military spokesman further said that the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat and service chiefs congratulated the team while President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated their efforts and congratulated the nation on the successful launch.
In May this year, the Pakistan Army conducted a successful training launch of the Shaheen-II surface-to-surface ballistic missile, a day after India tested its supersonic Brahmos cruise missile.
The military’s media wing had said that the Shaheen-II missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads upto a range of 1,500 kilometers and is a highly capable missile that meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.
Prior to that, in March, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) successfully test-fired an indigenously developed extended range “smart weapon” from the JF-17 multi-role fighter aircraft. The experiment marked a great milestone for the country as the weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified solely through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers, said a statement issued by the PAF.
In January, Pakistan successfully conducted a training launch of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile named Nasr. The ISPR said the missile would enhance the operational efficiency of army strategic forces command besides re-validating the desired technical parameters. The training exercise involved launching of quad salvo for the desired effects as the missile is a high precision, shoot and scoot weapon system with the ability of in-flight manoeuvrability, said the military’s media wing.