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Pakistan Conducts Successful Test of Multiple Target Engaging Ababeel Weapon System

Pakistan has successfully conducted a flight test of the Ababeel Weapon System, a missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads and engaging multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy’s hostile radars. The test flight was aimed at revalidating various design, technical parameters and performance evaluation of different sub-systems of the weapon system.

The Ababeel Weapon System is part of Pakistan’s Full Spectrum Deterrence strategy, which seeks to ensure credible minimum deterrence and enhance strategic stability in the region. The weapon system has a range of 2,200 kilometers and can deliver multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs), which can evade ballistic missile defense systems.

The test flight was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and senior officers from Strategic Plans Division and Strategic Forces Command, Scientists and Engineers of Strategic Organizations. General Sahir Shamshad Mirza appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of all those who contributed towards the successful test.

The President, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Services Chiefs also congratulated all members of the Strategic Forces on the achievement. They expressed their confidence in the capabilities of the armed forces and the national security institutions to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.

The test flight comes amid rising tensions between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue and the recent developments in Afghanistan. Pakistan has repeatedly stated that it does not want an arms race in South Asia, but it will take all necessary measures to maintain a credible deterrence posture against any aggression.

The Ababeel Weapon System is one of the several missile systems that Pakistan has developed and tested in recent years. Some of the other systems include Shaheen-III, Babur-III, Ghaznavi and Nasr. Pakistan has also successfully tested its own anti-ballistic missile system, which can intercept and destroy incoming ballistic missiles.

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