Pakistan has successfully tested Nasr solid fueled tactical ballistic missile, the military announced on Wednesday. Nasr is a high-precision surface-to-surface weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly, the military said.
The training launch was witnessed by Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, The test was undertaken to validate new technical parameters of the missile that enhance its range from 60 kilometers to 70 kilometers.
“Pakistan has successfully undertaken a series of training launches and tests and trials during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of ‘Nasr’ with enhanced range from 60 km to 70 km and flight maneuverability,” the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a tweet. he ISPR said the weapon system will “augment credible deterrence against the prevailing threat spectrum” more effectively, including anti-missile defenses deployed by hostile forces.
“Nasr Puts ‘cold water’ on ‘cold start’!” COAS.
COAS witnessed training launch of ‘SSM Nasr’ with enhanced range and manoeuvrability.(1of2) pic.twitter.com/RWH6rsrVrS
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 5, 2017
The Pakistan Army chief was referring to the Indian Army’s Cold Start doctrine, a theoretical operational plan to quickly mobilize its strike corps to seize Pakistani territory without risking a nuclear conflict.
The Cold Start doctrine was denied officially until January this year when Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat acknowledged its existence. “The Cold Start doctrine exists for conventional military operations. Whether we have to conduct conventional operations for such strikes is a decision well-thought through, involving the government and the Cabinet Committee on Security,” General Rawat had said then.
Pakistan is also planning to test cruise missiles like Babur-1 (Hatf -VII), Babur-2 (Hatf -VII) as well as the anti-tank guided missile Bakhtar-Shikan.