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Short-range Hatf IX successfully test-fired

12 February, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of short-range surface-to-surface missile Hatf IX (NASR).

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement stated that the test fire was conducted with successive launches of two missiles from a state-of-the-art multi-tube launcher. Having a range of 60 kilometres and in-flight manoeuvre capability, NASR 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. 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 from the armed forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations.

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. He said that Pakistan's armed forces were fully capable of safeguarding the country's security against all kinds of aggression.

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