Hatf IV Shaheen-1A  missile
Hatf IV Shaheen-1A missileISPR

Pakistan on Monday claimed that it successfully test-fired the indigenously developed multi-tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometres that can supposedly reach targets deep inside India.

The Islamic-nation has been actively engaged in building up its nuclear and missile capabilities, on the pre-text of consolidating and beefing up Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security.

In a note, Inter-Services Public Relations Babur said that Crusie Missile is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which can strike targets both at land and sea with pin-point accuracy. It carries stealth features and comes equipped with modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC). The missile is also capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads.

The missile was launched from a Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV), which significantly enhances the targeting and deployment options of Babur Weapon system.

The official statement said that National Command Authority's fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS) were again employed in the test, which enables the robust command and control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to the decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC).

"The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path. The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and National security," read the statement.

In May this year, Pakistan test-fired the Hatf III, which was the second nuclear-capable missile to be test-fired in less than two weeks, after India's launch of Agni-V, a solid fueled Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), in April.