by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) Jan 9, 2017
Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said.
The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, it said in a statement.
A military spokesman confirmed to AFP the missile, with a range of 450 km (280 miles), could carry a nuclear warhead.
"Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year," the statement said.
"Pakistan eyes this hallmark development as a step toward reinforcing the policy of credible minimum deterrence."
Pakistan and neighbouring India -- which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated a nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
Both countries can already launch surface-to-surface ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear or conventional warheads.
Tension between the two countries has been high since a deadly attack on an Indian army base in the disputed region of Kashmir in September, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The military said the Babur-3 SLCM, in a land-attack mode, was capable of delivering various types of payloads.
It would "provide Pakistan with a Credible Second Strike Capability, augmenting deterrence".
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|