//Pak test fires nuclear capable HATF-2 (Abdali) missile

Pak test fires nuclear capable HATF-2 (Abdali) missile

UNI, Sunday, February 19, 2006  18:09 IST

ISLAMABAD: Months after test firing the first ground-launched cruise missile Babar, Pakistan on Sunday successfully carried out test of a short range surface-to-surface nuclear-capable HATF-2 (Abdali) missile.

The short range missile, which can hit its targets accurately up to 200-kms has been indigenously developed and can carry nuclear and other types of warheads, a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz were also present at the site during the test-fire and congratulated Pakistani scientists on the successful test fire.

”Our scientists have once again proved their capabilities in ensuring country’s strong defence,” General Musharraf said.

The statement said a prior notification was given to all neighbouring countries including India.

Pakistan had successfully test-fired its first ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) Babar last August, capable of carrying any types of warheads accurately up to 550 km.

On March 19 last year, Pakistan successfully testfired surface-to-surface long range Shaheen-II (HATF-VI) missile, capable of carrying all types of warheads accurately up to 2000 km.

On December 8, 2004, Pakistani scientists carried out successful test of medium range surface-to-surface HATF-4 (Shaheen-1) ballistic missile, which was also capable of carrying both the nuclear and conventional warheads, up to 700 km.

In November and October 2004, Pakistan had conducted test-fire of HATF-3 short range surface-to-surface Ghaznavi missile and HATF-5 (Ghauri) intermediate range ballistic missile respectively.

HATF-3 (Ghaznavi), HATF-5 (Ghauri), HATF-4 (Shaheen-1) have already been handed over to Pakistan Army’s Strategic Force Command.

Pakistan has been test-firing different versions of short and medium range delivery systems since April 1998 when it first conducted test of Ghauri-1 intermediate range missile, which can hit targets as far away as 1,500 kilometres and is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads.