Pakistan on Monday claimed that it had successfully test fired its Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3 that can hit the target at around 450 kilometers, from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean.
According to Pakistan media reports, the missile was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy.
Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year.
“Babur-3…in land-attack mode is capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a credible second strike capability, augmenting deterrence,” the Pakistan military said in a statement.
Pakistan military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor posted a video on Twitter and captioned it as:
“Pakistan successfully test fired first Submarine launched Cruise Missile Babur-3. Rg 450 Km. COAS congrats Nation and the team involved,” he tweeted.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) January 9, 2017
The missile is capable of hugging terrain and sea skimming to evade radar and air defenses and “certain stealth technologies”, the statement added.
According to the reports, The test was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from Scientific Strategic Organizations.