Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen II ballistic missile

By Staff Reporter
Friday – May 24, 2019
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan conducted, on Thursday, successful training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II, capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1,500 kilometres (km).

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the training launch, on Thursday, was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of army strategic forces command (ASFC).

Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.

Thursday’s training launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by strategic plans division (SPD) director general (DG) lieutenant general Sarfraz Sattar, ASFC commander lieutenant general Qazi Muhammad Ikram Ahmad, national engineering and scientific commission (NESCOM) chairman Nabeel Hayat Malik, senior officers from the ASFC, scientists and engineers of the strategic organisations.

The chairman joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) general Zubair Mahmood Hayat, chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of the naval staff (CNS) admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, chief of air staff (CAS) air chief marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan congratulated the scientists and engineers on conduct of Thursday’s successful training launch.

The president Arif Alvi and prime minister (PM) Imran Khan also conveyed their congrats on the achievement, ISPR statement concluded.

According to reports, Shaheen-II was successfully test fired for the first time on March 9, 2004, and again on November 13, 2014.

It is a two-stage rocket with diameter of 1.4 metres (m), length of 17.5 m and weight of 25 tons.

Pakistan also has a longer variant of Shaheen missiles, Shaheen III is a surface to surface medium range ballistic missile having a range of 2,750 km and was successfully test fired on March 9, 2015.

The Shaheen missiles are composed of solid fuel system when compared with the Ghauri missiles that are composed of liquid fuel system. By far, Shaheen III is the longest range surface to surface ballistic missile successfully test fired by Pakistan armed forces.