Pakistan test-fires new nuclear-capable missile

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Tuesday successfully conducted the first flight test of the newly developed short range surface to surface Multi Tube Ballistic Missile Hatf IX (NASR).

According to ISPR, the missile has been developed to add deterrence value to Pakistan’s Strategic Weapons Development Programme at shorter ranges.

The Multi Tube Ballistic Missile, NASR, with a Range of 60 km, carries nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy, shoot and scoot attributes.

This quick response system addresses the need to deter evolving threats, ISPR said.

The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Irfan Burney, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

The Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai said that the test was a very important milestone in consolidating Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability at all levels of the threat spectrum.

He said in that hierarchy of military operations, the NASR Weapon System now provides Pakistan with short range missile capability in addition to the already available medium and long range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in its inventory.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and other Political leaders congratulated the nation on successful test of newly made short range surface to surface missile.

The leaders also congratulated the scientists and technical people who were involved in this project.

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