Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said.

The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, it said in a statement.

A military spokesman confirmed to AFP the missile, with a range of 450 km (280 miles), could carry a nuclear warhead.

‘Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year,’ the statement said.

‘Pakistan eyes this hallmark development as a step toward reinforcing the policy of credible minimum deterrence.’…”

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