Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable Shaheen-IA ballistic missile
Pakistan has successfully tested the nuclear-capable Shaheen-IA ballistic missile with a range of 900 km.
The test of the missile was aimed at re-validating several design and technical parameters of the weapon system. However the location of the test was not disclosed by Pakistan Government.
It is second nuclear capable missile test to be undertaken by Pakistan in December 2015. Earlier Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 km was tested.
About Shaheen-IA ballistic missile
- Shaheen-IA ballistic missile (In English means Falcon) is a land-based supersonic and short-to-intermediate range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile.
- It has been jointly designed and developed by the joint venture (JV) of NESCOM and the National Defence Complex (NDC).
- The missile has optimal range of 750 km and is propelled by a two-stage solid-fuel rocket motor.
- It is capable of carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warhead and is capable of striking targets deep within India.
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