ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi), capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads upto range of 290 kilometres, according to ISPR news release.
The successful launch was the culminating point of the field training exercise of the Army Strategic Forces Command which was aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group besides upgradation of various capabilities of the weapon systems.
The launch was witnessed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Strategic Plans Division Director General Lt-Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, 5 Corps Commander Lt-Gen Sajjad Ghani, Army Strategic Forces Command Commander Lt-Gen Obaidullah Khan, NESCOM Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists.
Addressing the participating troops, General Raheel Sharif appreciated the troops on displaying high standard of proficiency in handling and operating these strategic weapon systems. He showed his confidence over the professional attributes of troops and emphasised to maintain the high standards achieved. He reiterated that Pakistan has configured one of the best command and control systems.
The army chief said that the armed forces were fully capable of safeguarding security against any aggression. The successful test launch has also been warmly appreciated by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who congratulated the scientists, engineers and the troops on their outstanding success.