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Shaheen-II: successfully test-fired by Pakistan

Pakistan has successfully test-fired a land-based ballistic missile named ‘Shaheen-II’. The impact point of missile was in the Arabian Sea.

Key Highlights

  • Background: On 9 March 2004 Pakistan successfully test fires a medium-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Shaheen-II from an undisclosed location. Now on 21 May 2019 Pakistan test-fired intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile which could 2,000 km (1,250 miles).
  • About: The test was conducted to ensure operational readiness of Pakistan Army’s Strategic Forces Command.
  • Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile as it fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence and stability in region.

About Shaheen-II Missile

  • Nomenclature: Shaheen missile series is named after a Falcon (bird) species that lives in Pakistan’s mountains.

Features:

  • It is a land-based supersonic intermediate-range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile.
  • Warheads: It is capable of carrying all kinds of warheads i.e. both conventional (high explosive) as well as nuclear warheads.
  • Range: It is capable of hitting targets up to 1,500-2000 kilometers. Thus is capable of reaching major cities in neighbouring India.