On Thursday, Pakistan successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II, capable of hitting targets as far as 1,500 kilometers away, bringing major Indian cities under its range. The impact point of the missile was in the Arabian Sea. “The launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command,” said, the Pakistan Army, in a statement.
On 9 March 2004 Pakistan successfully test fires a medium-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Shaheen-II from an undisclosed location. Now on 21 May 2019 Pakistan test-fired intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile which could 2,000 km (1,250 miles).
The Army said, “Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a range of 1,500 km. Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.” Shaheen missile series is named after a Falcon (bird) species that lives in Pakistan’s mountains.
The test comes as tensions between India and Pakistan remain high after a military standoff earlier this year that saw both countries launch air attacks on each other’s territory, in which an Indian fighter jet was shot down in an aerial dogfight.
It is a land-based supersonic intermediate-range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile. It is capable of carrying all kinds of warheads i.e. both conventional (high explosive) as well as nuclear warheads. It is capable of hitting targets up to 1,500-2000 kilometers. Thus is capable of reaching major cities in neighboring India.
It said that the launch, having its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of the strategic organizations
The scientists and engineers on the conduct of a successful launch were congratulated by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Services Chiefs. The statement said, President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have also congratulated scientists on their achievement.