Launch aimed at strengthening the country’s deterrence capability, says Pak military

Pakistan on Wednesday announced the successful training launch of the Medium Range Ballistic Missile, Hatf V (Ghauri) which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads to a distance of 1,300 km.

The launch of the liquid fuel missile was conducted by a Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Force Command at the culmination of a field training exercise that sought to test the operational readiness of the ASFC.

According to a statement put out by Inter Services Public Relations, the test monitoring of the launch was conducted at the National Command Centre through the National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System.

PTI reports:

The test of the medium range ballistic missile, also known as the Ghauri, marked the culmination of a field training exercise aimed at testing the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Force Command.

The Ghauri is a “liquid fuel missile which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads over a distance of 1,300 km,” a statement from the military said.

“The launch was monitored by the ‘National Command Centre through the medium of the National Command Authority’s fully automated strategic command and control support system”, the statement said.

The National Command Authority controls the country’s nuclear arsenal.

The military said the strategic command and control support system enables “robust command and control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitised network centric environment” for decision makers at the National Command Centre.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated the Army Strategic Force Command on their training, which was “reflected in the proficient handling of the weapon system in the field and the accuracy of the training launch”.

Pakistan has tested a wide range of nuclear-capable missiles, ranging from the Hatf-IX tactical missile with a range of 60 km to the Hatf-IV, this year as part of efforts to strengthen its nuclear arsenal to counter India’s conventional superiority.

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