SHORT-RANGE surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Hatf-lll (Ghaznavi), pictured during its successful training launch on Thursday.
Successful training launch of Ghaznavi
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of a short-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile Half III (Ghaznavi) capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to 290km.
The launch was the culminating point of the field training exercise of the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) aimed at testing the operational readiness of a strategic missile group besides upgrading various capabilities of weapon systems.
The launch was witnessed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander 5 Corps Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, Commander ASFC Lt Gen Obaid Ullah Khan, Chairman Nescom Muham-
mad Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists.
Gen Sharif appreciated the troops for displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the strategic weapon systems.
lie expressed confidence in the professional attributes of troops and called for maintaining the high standards achieved.
He reiterated that Pakistan had configured one of the best command and control systems and armed forces were fully capable of safeguarding the country’s security against any aggression.
The test launch was appreciated by the president and prime minister who congratulated the participating troops, scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.