Pakistan successfully test-fired a land-based ballistic missile named ‘Shaheen-II’, on Thursday, May 21 2019.It is capable of hitting targets as far as 1500 kilometers away, bringing major Indian sities under its range. The impact point of missile was in the Arabian Sea.
The Pakistan Army said in a statement that the launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of the army. The announcement from Pakistan Army came on a day when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in India for a second term.
Shaheen missile series is named after a Falcon (bird) species that lives in Pakistan’s mountains.
Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile as it fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence and stability in the region. It is a land-based supersonic intermediate-range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads (high explosive) as it has the capacity of hitting targets upto 1,500 – 2000 kilometers range making it capable of reaching major cities in neighbouring India.