PAKISTAN is asserting its nuclear prowess as it conducted an atomic test in a thinly veiled threat to its nuclear-armed neighbour India.
The country’s military proudly announced it had successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile for the first time.
Named Ababeel, the weapon has a maximum range of 2,200km (1,367 miles) and is capable of carrying “multiple warheads”, a statement confirmed.
The missile uses ‘Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology’, allowing it simultaneously attack several targets.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media branch of the Pakistani armed forces, said the missile would “further enforce deterrence”.
It added: “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 the Ababeel Weapon System is aimed an ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.”
The second nuclear test this month, Pakistan announced two weeks ago it successfully fired a submarine-based nuclear-capable missile for the first time.
On January 9 Pakistan launched the Babur-3 cruise missile “from an underwater, mobile platform” in the Indian ocean.
The military added: “[It] hit its target with precise accuracy.”
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