Pakistan has announced a successful test of its state-of-the-art Babur-III, which is a submarine-launched, nuclear-capable cruise missile.
The Babur missile family has been in service since 2010. The third modification of the cruise missile was developed for the Pakistan’s navy to provide a second-strike capability in case of a war. Babur-III is submarine-launched, capable of carrying a nuclear payload weighing up to 500kg, and has a range of 450km, according to the Pakistani military.
On Thursday, Islamabad announced that its navy has successfully test-fired a Babur-III missile from an underwater platform. The missile “engaged its target with precise accuracy,” military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor reported.
“Development of this capability also reflects Pakistan's response to provocative nuclear strategies and posture being pursued in the neighborhood through induction of nuclear submarines and ship-borne nuclear missiles, leading to nuclearization of the Indian Ocean region,” read a statement from the military.
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