On Monday, Pakistan has successfully tested indigenously developed submarine launched cruise missile Babur III. Director Gen Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor confirmed the successful test.
Features of Babur III
Babur III is the first ever nuclear capable submarine cruise missile with a range of 450 Kilometers. The missile is stated to have a high degree of maneuverability, allowing it to hug the terrain and near stealth capabilities.
Terrain hugging ability helps the missile avoid enemy radar detection. Also giving Babur the capability to penetrate enemy air defense system and survive until reaching the target.
Babur III is Pakistan’s third nuclear-capable missile but variant from its previous versions, Babur and Babur-II. Which are ground based launched and tested on 2005 and 2015 respectively.
The test was carried from the Indian Ocean; the accurate position of a missile launched was kept undisclosed. It was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy.
The test was conducted in the presence of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat. Also, Director General of the Strategic Plan Division (SPD) Lieutenant Gen Mazhar Jamil, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), and other senior officials, scientist and engineers from Scientific Strategic Organization.
The CJCSC and other witnessed congratulate the nation on achieving the highly significant milestone by the state.
Gen Zubair Hayat also highlighted that successful test-fire of Babur III also demonstrates confidences on our scientists and engineers in fostering the technological powers under the own country tag.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also congratulated the nation and military on the first successful test-fire of missile,
“The successful test of Babur III is a manifestation of Pakistan’s technological progress and self-reliance.”