Pakistan successfully test-fires Hatf-VII Cruise Missile

February 10th, 2011 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Rawalpindi, Feb 10(ANI): Pakistan has successfully test-fired the Hatf-VII Cruise Missile, which can carry strategic and conventional warheads.

“Pakistan today conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) having a range of 600 kms. The missile tests are part of a process of validating the system,” the Inter Services Public Relations said in a press release on Thursday (today).

It said that Babur, which has stealth capabilities, is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high manoeuvrability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features.

“It also incorporates the modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching & Area Co-relation (DSMAC),” the statement added.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Jamil Haider, Chairman NESCOM Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, scientists and engineers.

“The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee reiterated that the test will go a long way in consolidating Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability, and further strengthening national security,” the statement said.

“Pakistan’s resolve and commitment to continue its strategic programme will remain paramount,” General Wynne added.

The statement said that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani “warmly appreciated” the successful test, and congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success. (ANI)

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