ISLAMABAD, May 10: Pakistan military on Thursday successfully launched short range ballistic missile Hatf III ( in the series of Ghaznavi), capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometres.
The launch was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group.
The Army said that the field exercise of the ASFC was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Commander Karachi Corps Lieutenant General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, Chairman NESCOM Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, and other senior military officials and scientists.
The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have congratulated the participating ASFC troops, the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.
On April 25, Pakistan had successfully test-fired the Hatf IV (Shaheen 1A), a nuclear-capable intermediate-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile to boost its defense system to match the piling of arsenal by its arch rival India .
According to experts the intermediate range ballistic missiles can reach targets up to 2,500 to 3,000 kilometres away, thus bringing almost all regions of India within its reach.