Pakistan test-fires improved Shaheen-1 missile
Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable, intermediate-range ballistic missile days after archrival India’s testing of a long-range ballistic missile.
The Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that the improved version of Shaheen-1 accurately hit its impact point in the Indian Ocean.
The ministry did not disclose the range of the new missile, but it is believed to have a longer range than the Shaheen-1’s 700 kilometers.
Pakistan also has another mid-range missile, the Shaheen-2, with a 2,000 kilometer range.
Observers say Pakistan has been testing intermediate-range missiles every two years, and speculate that this test was probably preplanned as training for the missile unit’s personnel.
Others say the country intended to display its missile capability to counter India’s test-firing of its long-range ballistic missile, the Agni-V, that has a range of about 5,000 kilometers and puts it within reach of major Asian cities.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012