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Pakistan tests submarine-launched cruise missile with 450 km-range

Pakistan tests submarine-launched cruise missile with 450 km-range

Submarine Launched Cruise Missile is capable of delivering various types of payloads

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on March 29, 2018, conducted another successful test of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) “Babur” having an extended range of 450 km.

The hi-tech advanced Missile was fired from an underwater dynamic platform, which successfully engaged its target with precise accuracy; meeting all the flight parameters.

SLCM Babur is capable of delivering various types of payloads (conventional and non-conventional) and is equipped with state of the art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance, and navigation features.

SLCM Babur also provides Pakistan Credible Second Strike Capability (CSSC), supplementing the existing deterrence regime of Pakistan.

Development of this capability also reflects Pakistan’s response to provocative nuclear strategies and posture being pursued in the neighborhood through induction of nuclear submarines and ship-borne nuclear missiles; leading to the nuclearization of Indian Ocean Region.

Pakistan eyes this landmark development as a step towards reinforcing the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence through indigenization and self-reliance.

The test was witnessed by Director General of Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Chairman NESCOM, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from Strategic Scientific Organizations.

The Chairman JCSC and Services Chiefs have congratulated the scientists, engineers and NSFC personnel for successful achievement of this highly significant milestone.

The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have also conveyed their facilitation to the scientists, engineers and NSFC personnel involved in the effort.

On March 10, 2018, Pakistan Navy had successfully test-fired a land-based missile which hit its target successfully in the India ocean. Navy test fired land based anti-ship missile as part of a training exercise from the coastal region.

The missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory till accurate target engagement at sea.

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