Pakistan Test-Launched Ballistic Missile Ababeel

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Pakistan Test-Launched Ballistic Missile Ababeel
The Pakistani military successfully carried out a test launch of the Ababeel ballistic missile with a 2200 km range on October 18 2023.

According to Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), “The test flight was aimed at re-validating various design, technical parameters and performance evaluation of different sub-systems of the weapon system.”

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and senior officers from the Strategic Plans Division and Strategic Forces Command attended the test. 

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Ababeel is a medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a maximum range of 2,200 km and has precision targeting capabilities.

As for specifications, Ababeel measures 21.5 m long 170 cm in diameter, and is designed to carry conventional and nuclear warheads.

This ballistic missile can carry a total warhead payload of 1,500 kg, three standard warheads of 500 kilograms each, five warheads of 300 kg each, or a maximum of eight warheads of 185 kilograms each.

The Ababeel missile system was developed by Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), which had previously created the liquid-fuel Ghauri missile system.

Pakistan designed the missile to counter India’s Ballistic Missile Defence system, potentially even being used in a retaliatory strike to neutralise India’s nuclear arsenal before it can be used.

Although widely believed to be a liquid-fuel missile, some sources suggest that the Ababeel may be a modification of the Shaheen-III missile body with a solid-fuel motor.

The first test launch of the Ababeel missile system was carried out on January 24 2017.

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