Pakistan Tests Shaheen-III Ballistic Missile

On 20 January Pakistan tested the Shaheen-III missile which is in development by Pakistan. This is a two-stage, solid-fueled medium-range ballistic missile and is reportedly capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional payloads.

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"Pakistan [...] conducted successful flight test of Shaheen-III surface to surface ballistic missile, having a range of 2750 kilometers. The test flight was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system," said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release.

According to the statement released by the ISPR, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee asserted that Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region and its strategic capability is to deter any aggression against the sovereignty of Pakistan.

The Shaheen-III is a Pakistani land-based surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile, which was test fired for the first time by military service on 9 March 2015.

Development began in secrecy in the early 2000s in response to India's Agni-III, Shaheen was successfully tested on 9 March 2015 with 2750 km range, which could enable it to reach all corners of India and reach deep into the Middle East parts of North Africa.The missile, according to a former Director General of Pakistan's Strategic Plans Division, is designed to reach Indian islands so that India cannot use them as “strategic bases” to establish a “second strike capability.”

The Shaheen program is composed of the solid-fuel system in a contrast to the Ghauri program that is primarily based on a liquid-fuel system. With the successful launch of the Shaheen, it surpasses the range of Shaheen-II— hence it is the longest-range missile to be launched by the military.

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