Pakistan Army has successfully conducted the training launch of Shaheen-II, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to the press release of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“The training launch was aimed at ensuring [the] operational readiness of [the] Army Strategic Forces Command. [The] Shaheen-II missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1,500 kilometers,” reads the ISPR handout.
The impact point of the launch was in the Arabian Sea. The ISPR describes Shaheen-II as, “highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region”.
Successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II conducted. Capable of carrying both conventional & nuclear warheads upto a range of 1500 KMs. Shaheen-II fully meets Pak’s strat needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region. pic.twitter.com/I9t468wxnq
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2019
Director General of the Strategic Plan Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lt. Gen. Qazi Muhammad Ikram Ahmad, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission Dr. Nabeel Hayat Malik, scientists and engineers from strategic organizations, and senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command witnessed the launch.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and the chiefs of all three services congratulated the scientists and engineers on successfully conducting training launch.
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan also congratulated on the achievement.
It must be mentioned here that India recently conducted a test of the world’s fastest cruise missile and the trial launch of Shaheen II could be a reply to that.