Pakistan successfully tests Shaheen-III ballistic missile

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – January 21, 2021
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan conducted successful test flight of surface to surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III, Wednesday, having a range of 2,750 kilometres (km).

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, the test flight was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.

The chairman joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) general (Gen) Nadeem Raza congratulated scientists and engineers on the conduct of successful test.

He asserted, “Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region and its strategic capability is to deter any aggression against the sovereignty of Pakistan.”

CJCSC Gen Raza appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists and engineers, who contributed whole-heartedly in making the missile launch successful.

The successful flight test, with its impact point in the Arabian sea, was witnessed by CJCSC Gen Nadeem Raza, strategic plans division (SPD) director general (DG) lieutenant general Nadeem Zaki Manj, army strategic forces command (ASFC) commander lieutenant general Muhammad Ali, national engineering and scientific commission (NESCOM) chairman Raza Samar.

The president Arif Alvi, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan and the services chiefs congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of Wednesday’s missile test, ISPR press release concluded.

According to reports, Shaheen-III is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) capable of travelling at a maximum speed of mach 18 which is equivalent to 22,226.4 km per hour (km/h).

Shaheen-III was first tested on March 9, 2015, as a response to India’s testing of its Agni-III on July 9, 2006. Shaheen-III is capable of hitting any target wheresoever in the entire of India, while on the other hand it is capable of hitting any target deep inside the Middle East as well as the northern Africa.

Shaheen-III is a multi-stage solid fuel rocket which relies on inertial navigation system (INS) to annihilate its target, by far in the Shaheen programme the Shaheen-III is the longest range missile.