Saturday, March 12, 2011

Short range ballistic missile test successful

Islamabad/Balasore/Bhubaneswar: Pakistan on Friday successfully tested its short range surface to surface ballistic missile Hataf-2 (Abdali), a military statement said.
The missile test was conducted as part of the process of validation and technical improvements in the land-based ballistic missile systems of the country, it said.
Hataf-2, with a range of 180 kilometres, can carry nuclear as well as conventional warheads with high accuracy, the statement said.
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne, speaking on the occasion, reiterated Pakistan's resolve to keep strengthening its strategic deterrence capability and national security.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani warmly appreciated the successful test and congratulated the scientists and engineers on their achievement.
Also yesterday, India successfully tested its homegrown nuclear-capable Prithvi II and Dhanush missiles, a defence official said.
The Prithvi II surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 350 kilometres was launched from Chandipur, some 230 kilometres from the Orissa capital Bhubaneswar. Dhanush, the naval version of Prithvi with the same range, was launched from Indian Naval Ship INS Suvarna off the Puri coast. The two missiles were tested within five days of the successful demonstration of the Ballistic Air Defence Missile System on March 6 by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
All the radars and electro-optical systems located along the coast tracked the missile and monitored all the parameters.
Ships located near the impact point witnessed the touchdown, ITR director S.P. Dash said about the Dhanush launch.
"The flight test was perfect, with textbook trajectory and the missile reaching the target point with a very high accuracy of less than a few metres," he said.
The Prithvi II missile was successfully flight tested from launch complex III at the integrated test range at Chandipur within one hour of the Dhanush test, he said. Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since their partition in 1947, regularly test missiles to display each other's capability.

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