Pakistan tests Hatf IX (NASR) missile

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 17:13 hrs

Pakistan on Monday test-fired Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR).

Pakistan´s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement, "Pakistan today conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR). 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 60 km, and inflight maneuver 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. Additionally NASR has been specially designed to defeat all known Anti Tactical Missile Defence Systems," it said.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lieutenant General Triq Nadeem Gilani, senior officers from the armed forces and scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Addressing the scientists, engineers and military officers of Strategic Organizations, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee congratulated them on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state of the art weapon system.

Wynne said that Pakistan's Armed Forces were fully capable of safeguarding Pakistan's security against all kinds of aggression.

The successful test has also been appreciated by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their success.

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