Pakistan successfully fired the short range Surface to Surface (STS) Hataf-2 Abdali ballistic missile. The test was a part of the process of validation and technical improvements for the Land Based Ballistic Missile Systems which are deployed by the Pakistan Army. The Hataf-2 Abdali missiles have a range of 180 kilometers and can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. This specific missile characterizes with amazing accuracy which, however, influences the range.
The test was attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Commander Army Strategic Force Command Lieutenant General Jamil Haider, Chairman SUPARCO Major General Ahmed Bilal, Senior officers from the Armed Forces and Scientists and Engineers of Strategic Organizations.
According to CJCSC this test will help Pakistan improve their strategic defensive capabilities and further strengthen the country’s national security. The Abdali weapons system gives Pakistan an operational level capability which adds to the new strategic level capability which Pakistan possesses along with the the long and medium range missile systems.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were also happy for the successful test and didn’t hesitate to congratulate the Scientists and Engineers which are behind the development of this outstanding success.