Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile, on April 14, 2018.
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. This short range turbojet powered subsonic cruise missile can be armed with both conventional and nuclear warheads.
After the launch the wings unfold, the booster rocket is jettisoned and the jet engine started. The missile is stated to have a high degree of maneuverability, giving it terrain hugging and “near-stealth” capabilities. Terrain-hugging ability helps the missile avoid enemy radar detection by utilizing “terrain masking”, giving Babur the capability to penetrate enemy air defence systems undetected.
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.
The 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 JCS Committee and Services Chiefs have congratulated the scientists and engineers of NESCOM and National Development Complex (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.