Pakistan test fires short range Hatf IX missile

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Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Hatf IX (NASR) Missile. According to ISPR, the test fire was conducted with successive launches of two missiles from a state-of-the-art multi-tube launcher. NASR, with a range of 60kms and in flight manoeuvre capability, can carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy. This quick response system, which can fire a four missile salvo ensures deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios, the ISPR says. Additionally, NASR has been specially designed to defeat all known anti-tactical missile defence systems. The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Strategic Plans Division Director General Lieutenant General (r) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, NESCOM Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney, Army Strategic Forces Command Commander Lieutenant General Tariq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers of the armed forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations besides others. Addressing the scientists, engineers and military officers of strategic organisations, Gen Wyne congratulated them on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state-of-the-art weapon system. He said Pakistan’s armed forces were fully capable of safeguarding the country’s security against all kinds of aggression. The successful test has also been appreciated by the president and prime minister of Pakistan who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

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