Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Enhanced Version Of Babur Cruise Missile

| April 15 , 2018 , 09:32 IST

Pakistan successfully test fired an enhanced-range version of its indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile on Saturday, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The official spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed the test fire in a tweet and also shared a video of the Babur test fire.

"Pakistan successfully test fired an enhanced range version of indigenously developed  Babur Cruise Missile. The weapon system incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy at a range of 700 KMs," tweeted Ghafoor.

"It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which also carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads," an official statement said.

"Equipped with the Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and all time Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC) technologies, which enable it to engage in various types 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 statement continued.

Babur is the first cruise missile developed and designed by Pakistan and was reportedly first tested in 2005 with an initial range of 500 km. According to analysts, there are certain similarities in design between the Babur missiles and Chinese and American designs of the DH-10 and the Tomahawk.

The Babur missiles are believed to have entered services with the Pakistan Army in 2010.