Pakistan successfully tests Shaheen-I ballistic missile

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 22, 2019
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan, on Monday, successfully conducted the training launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-1, capable of delivering all types of warheads up to a range of 650 kilometres.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the launch was conducted as part of a training exercise, which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC).

The training launch was witnessed by Strategic Plans Division (SPD) director general (DG), ASFC commander, National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) chairman, senior officers from SPD, ASFC, scientists and engineers.

Troops displayed a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the potent weapon system, ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence.

Separately, according to an ISPR statement, a bilateral exercise Shaheen Al Jazeera 2019 between Pakistan Navy’s (PN) Special Service Group (SSG) and Royal Bahrain Defence Force’s (RBDF) Special Operation Force (SOF) concluded at Karachi, on Sunday.

Shaheen Al Jazeera is a series of bilateral SOF exercises which is conducted annually between PN and RBDF. This exercise, being 13th in the series, continued for 10 days.

The aim of the exercise was to strengthen military relationships, improve coordination and interoperability and exchange of professional expertise in SOF domains.

Personnel from both forces mutually benefitted from the exercise which included maritime interdiction operations, sea, air and land (SEAL) teams insertion techniques and frogman operations.

The exercise concluded with a remarkable coordinated visit board search and seizure operations (ops) involving PN ships, sea-king helicopters, special forces’ boats and combined SOF teams.

The closing event was conducted in the Arabian Sea, off Karachi, and was witnessed by Commander Naval Special Force of Bahrain on board PN ship who appreciated professional conduct of the exercise.

The exercise is a reflection of strong bilateral military cooperation between PN and RBDF.

Professional experiences gained during bilateral exercise were mutually rewarding and will foster greater bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly countries.