Pakistan successfully test-fires enhanced range version of Babur cruise missile

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile, said a statement issued here by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometers. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which also carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational technologies of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and all time Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enables it to engage various type of targets with pinpoint accuracy even in the absence of GPS navigation, thus making it an important force multiplier for Pakistan’s strategic deterrence.

Today’s launch was witnessed by Director General, Strategic Plans Division, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Strategic Forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Committee and Services Chiefs have congratulated the scientists and engineers of NESCOM and NDC.

The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have also conveyed their appreciations to scientists and engineers on successful conduct of today’s missile test, the ISPR statement added.

The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps has begun receiving the Mi-35 assault helicopters it ordered from Russia back in 2015, according to a report in The Diplomat.

Citing an earlier article that appeared on Quwa Defense News and Analysis Group, the Tokyo-based online international news magazine reported that a video has appeared to have surface on the social media which shows a Mi-35 helicopter draped in the colours of the Pakistan Armed Forces flying somewhere in the country.

The Diplomat also stated that an import-export log appeared to record the delivery of helicopter-related equipment, including ammunition, from Russian state-owned defense exporter Rosoboronexport to the Pakistan Army.

Last year, it was reported that Russia had handed over four Mi-35M helicopters to Pakistan Army Aviation Corps. However, the Japanese publication noted that the delivery of these choppers likely took place in Russia, and the actual transfer of gunships took place later.

“The contract was signed, we received all four cars [Mi-35Ms] and now we get new equipment,” Brigadier General Waheed Mumtaz of Pakistan’s Defense Export Promotion Organisation said in Moscow at the time.

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