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Shaheen-II : Pakistan successfully test-fires ballistic missile

Date: 24 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security

Pakistan has successfully test-fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II in Arabian Sea. The test was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of Pakistan Army’s Strategic Forces Command.

Shaheen-II Missile

  • It is land-based supersonic surface-to-surface medium-range guided ballistic missile. It is named after a falcon that lives in the mountains of Pakistan.
  • It is suspected to be derivative of Chinese M-18 ballistic missile. It uses a two-stage solid-fuel rocket motor.
  • It is capable of carrying both nuclear as well as conventional warheads. It has range of hitting targets as far as 1,500 kilometers away (major Indian cities come under its range).
  • It is highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region.