KARACHI – Pakistan has successfully test fired the first Submarine Launched Cruise Missile Babur-3, which has a range of 450 Kilometres.
According to a statement posted on Twitter by military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, Babaur-3 Cruise Missile has the range of 450 kilometres.
A video was also provided on Twitter which shows the missile launch with a message that Chief of the Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of the Air Staff have congratulated the nation and the team involved in the test on the landmark achievement.
An underwater, mobile platform fired cruise missile which hit its target with precise accuracy. Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year.
Babur-3 SLCM incorporates state of the art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion and advanced guidance and navigation features, duly augmented by Global Navigation, Terrain and Scene Matching Systems. The missile features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defenses, in addition to certain stealth technologies, in an emerging regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.
Babur-3 SLCM in land-attack mode, is capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a Credible Second Strike Capability, augmenting deterrence. While the pursuit and now the successful attainment of a second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone, it is manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan’s neighborhood.
The test was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from Scientific Strategic Organizations.