On January 24, 2017, Pakistan conducted its first successful flight test of Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Ababeel, which has a maximum range of 2200 kilometers. The missile is capable of delivering multiple warheads, using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.
Ababeel is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy’s hostile radars. Development of Ababeel Weapon System is aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment. This will further reinforce deterrence.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Naval Staff congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of the missile test. The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan also conveyed their appreciation to the team involved and Armed Forces of Pakistan on this landmark achievement.
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