PAK­ISTAN COM­PLETES FLIGHT TEST OF ABABEEL SUR­FACE-TO-SUR­FACE BAL­LIS­TIC MIS­SILE

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Pak­istan has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first flight test­ing of its sur­face-to-sur­face bal­lis­tic mis­sile, Ababeel. The test launch val­i­dated the var­i­ous de­sign and tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters of the weapon sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to Pak­istan’s In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR). De­vel­op­ment of Ababeel Weapon Sys­tem is aimed at “en­sur­ing sur­viv­abil­ity of Pak­istan’s bal­lis­tic mis­siles in the grow­ing re­gional bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fence (BMD) en­vi­ron­ment,” ISPR stated. Pak­istan Army’s Strate­gic Forces Com­mand uses the medium-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile, which is ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing mul­ti­ple tar­gets within a max­i­mum range of 2,200 km. The Babur-3 sub­ma­rine launched cruise mis­sile (SLCM) em­ploys a va­ri­ety of tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing un­der­wa­ter-con­trolled propul­sion and ad­vanced guid­ance and nav­i­ga­tion.

This mis­sile em­ploys mul­ti­ple in­de­pen­dent re-en­try ve­hi­cle (MIRV) tech­nol­ogy to de­liver mul­ti­ple nu­clear war­heads. The lat­est test fol­lows the test-fir­ing of Pak­istan’s SLCM Babur-3 on Jan­uary 9. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous test, Babur-3 was fired from an un­der­wa­ter, mo­bile plat­form and hit its tar­get with pre­cise ac­cu­racy, the state­ment said. The mis­sile with a range of 450 km is a sea-based vari­ant of the ground-launched cruise mis­sile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was suc­cess­fully tested in De­cem­ber 2016. The Babur-3 SLCM em­ploys a va­ri­ety of tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing un­der­wa­ter-con­trolled propul­sion and ad­vanced guid­ance and nav­i­ga­tion. It also fea­tures ter­rain hug­ging and sea-skim­ming flight ca­pa­bil­i­ties to evade hos­tile radars and air de­fences.

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