Pakistan Navy on Thursday said it conducted a successful test of a land-based anti-ship missile, bolstering the operational reach of the country’s navy to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land. The trial of the missile was conducted from the coastal region and the missile secured a hit on a target placed at sea, a press release from the Navy said. The missile is equipped with advanced technology and avionics, which enable engagement of targets at sea with a high degree of accuracy, it said, without giving more details.
The test-launch was witnessed by vice chief of Naval Staff Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique and senior officers of Pakistan Navy. Admiral Saddique commended the accomplishment of the objectives of the trial, the release said. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in his message said that the weapon system has added a new dimension to the operational reach of Pakistan Navy, allowing it to bolster seaward defences by giving the Navy the capability to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land. On 24 January, Pakistan had test-fired 2,200-km range indigenously-developed surface to surface nuclear-capable missile Ababeel.
The anti-ship missile is capable of delivering multiple warheads, using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. The Ababeel test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system. During the same month, submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-III was successfully test-fired. Babur weapons system incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy at a range of 700 km. Babur-III is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.