Pakistan test-fires Hatf-III
Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test-fire of short range surface-to-surface missile, Hatf-III (Ghaznawi). According to press release issued by the ISPR, short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf III can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers. The successful launch concluded the Field Training Exercise of Strategic Missile Group of Army Strategic Forces Command. The launch was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Lieutenant General Obaid Ullah Khan, Chairman NESCOM, Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officials and scientists. Addressing the troops in the exercise area, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Mahmood commended the troops on achieving technical and operational excellence in operating the state of the art weapon system. He expressed his satisfaction over the training goals achieved during the exercise and expected that the officers and men entrusted with the task of deterring aggression would continue to maintain professional excellence. General Mahmood also congratulated all the scientists and engineers for the successful launch of Ghaznavi missile, as another mile stone which has further strengthened the defence potential of Pakistan besides assuring peace in the region. The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan who congratulated the participating troops, scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.
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