Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stealth cruise missile Hatf-VII test-fired successfully

Rawalpindi: Pakistan on Friday effectively test-fired the multi-tube, indigenously-developed, cruise missile Hatf-VII (Babur) with a range of 700 kilometers.

An extraordinary attribute of Friday’s launch was the substantiation of a new multi-tube MLV through the test. The three-tube MLV augments multiple the targeting and deployment options in the conventional and nuclear modes. With its shoot-and-scoot potential, the MLV offers a major force multiplier effect for target employment and survivability.

According to an ISPR press release, the missile test was conducted to validate the design parameters of the weapon system and a new Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV). Babur Cruise Missile is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pin-point accuracy and radar avoidance features. It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities. It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology, Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM), Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC).

The test was eye-witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Commander Army Strategic Force Command, Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, scientists and engineers.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani appreciated the triumphant test and praised the scientists and engineers on their exceptional achievement.

The test will strengthen Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability and further reinforce national security.

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