RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Tuesday “successfully” conducted a training launch of the Ghauri weapon system to test the “operational and technical readiness” of the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC), the army’s media wing announced in a statement.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the launch was monitored by the ASFC Commander, senior officers of strategic forces, scientists and engineers from strategic organisations.
The Commander appreciated the standard of training and operational preparedness of the force, which he said was “reflected in the efficient operation of weapon systems in the field and achievement of operational and technical objectives”.
He also praised scientists and engineers for their contribution in enhancing Pakistan’s strategic capability.
ISPR said that after the test the President, Prime Minister, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and service chiefs congratulated the soldiers, scientists and engineers on the successful conduct of the training launch.
The Ghauri missile, which has a range of up to 1,300 km, was first tested by Pakistan in 2018 and can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.
Additionally, today’s training launch comes days after Pakistan further strengthened its “deterrent capability” and enhanced “strategic stability” with the successful flight test of the Ababil weapon system.
“The objective of the test flight was to re-validate various design, technical parameters and performance evaluation of various sub-systems of the weapon system,” ISPR had said.