Pakistan Tests Nuclear Ballistic Missile Capable of Destroying Multiple Enemies Within 2,200 Kilometers

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Pakistan has successfully completed its first set of tests of surface to surface ballistic missile with a 2,200 kilometer range on January 24. The missile, which is called Ababeel, runs on Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. It has the capability to carry multiple warheads, and strike multiple targets.

The test was to determine the capacities and parameters of the latest addition to Pakistan’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD). The missile in question can destroy more than one target with extra precision. It can also take on the hostile radars of enemies.

Ababeel Might Be Key To Future Indo-Pak War

However, the greatest asset of Ababeel is its capability to travel 2,200 kilometers. It will be the most useful feature, on the occasion that such a missile is ever used in an Indo-Pak war. Using a distance calculator like Time And Date, it can be determined that the aerial distance between Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and New Delhi, the capital of India, is 690 km. Apart from Delhi, major metropolitan cities in India like Mumbai and Bangalore will also be within reach of the missile.

Speculating about such an attack from Pakistan is not too far-fetched since a few months ago Pakistan was threatening India with nuclear war, reported RT. In response, India has already deployed 460 main battle tanks (MBTs) along the Indo-Pak border. The country also plans to deploy latest T-90MS MBTs along India’s north western borders with Pakistan.

India Strengthens Border Military

It is unclear if India’s military pile up strategy is the reason for Pakistan to add to its ballistic missile collection. Pakistan has denied all allegations from India of harboring terrorists along its borders. Furthermore, back in September 2016, Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaj Asif made it apparent that Pakistan would not hold back if India was to swing the first blow. “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us,” he said.

The development of the latest nuclear weapons-delivering missiles is a landmark in Pakistan’s defense regime. The achievement is pretty significant. This is considering that Pakistan threatened India with a nuclear attack only a few months back. President and Prime Minister of Pakistan congratulated the engineers who developed the advanced weaponry.

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