The Pakistan Army, on Thursday, conducted a successful training launch of the Shaheen-II surface-to-surface ballistic missile, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The ballistic missile test comes a day after Pakistan’s arch-rival India conducted a test of the supersonic Brahmos cruise missile.
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
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2019
The training launch was aimed at ensuring the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command, responsible for Pakistan’s ballistic missile forces.
“Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1,500 kilometers,” said DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
The military’s media wing added that the “Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile that fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region”.
Today’s training launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command and scientists and engineers from strategic organisations.
Chairman JCSC and the services chiefs congratulated the scientists and engineers on conducting the successful training launch.
The president and the prime minister have also conveyed their congratulations on the successful launch of the missile.