Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Babur Ballistic Cruise Missile With Enhanced Range of 700Km
Last month Pakistan had carried out successful test of the nuclear-capable Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur and claimed to have attained ‘Credible Second Strike Capability’.
(PKONWEB) — Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile to bolster the country’s deterrence capabilities, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said.
The statement says Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometers, even in the absence of GPS navigation.
It says Babur is a low flying, terrain hugging missile which also has certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.
Equipped with Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC) technologies, it can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.
The Babur missile was unveiled in 2005 and since then has undergone several upgrades.
Today’s launch was witnessed by the director general of Strategic Plans Division (SPD), chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (Nescom), senior officers from SPD and strategic forces along with scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.
Last month, Pakistan carried out another successful test of the nuclear-capable Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur and claimed to have attained ‘Credible Second Strike Capability’.
Announcing the test through a media release, ISPR had said the 450-km-range Babur missile was test-fired from “an underwater dynamic platform, which successfully engaged its target with precise accuracy, meeting all the flight parameters”.
SLCM Babur III was originally tested in January 2017 and it is a sea-based variant of ground-launched cruise missile Babur-II, which was successfully tested in December 2016. The military had at the time of Babur-III’s first test claimed the second strike capability.
The second strike capability, which is believed to be the peak of deterrence strategy, means the possession of the ability to retaliate to a nuclear attack even after a country’s nuclear arsenal has been neutralized. It has long been a goal of Pakistan’s nuclear planners. But, attaining the assured or credible capability was even a bigger challenge. The armed forces now say that they have attained a ‘credible second strike capability’ and in doing so they strengthened “the existing deterrence regime”.
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