Pakistan’s army 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 spread of two,750km (1,710 miles), its army says.
The missile take a look at, performed on Wednesday, “was geared toward re-validating numerous design and technical parameters of the weapon system”, mentioned an announcement from the army’s press wing.
The assertion mentioned the missile’s level of affect was within the Arabian Sea, and that the take a look at was witnessed by the chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Workers Committee, Lieutenant-Basic Nadeem Zaki Manj, and different high officers.
Pakistan’s army 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 certainly one of eight nations worldwide with acknowledged nuclear weapons functionality.
Its japanese neighbour and rival India, with whom it has fought three full-scale wars since each nations 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 functionality”, in response to feedback made by retired Lieutenant-Basic Khalid Kidwai, the previous chief of Pakistan’s nuclear plans division in 2015.
“Chairman Joint Chiefs of Workers Committee asserted that Pakistan needs peaceable co-existence within the area and its strategic functionality is to discourage any aggression towards the sovereignty of Pakistan,” mentioned the army assertion after Wednesday’s take a look at.
Each South Asian nations routinely conduct missile checks, 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 army and the scientists concerned after the profitable take a look at.
Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.