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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3

Jan 10, 2017 16:00 IST

Pakistan on 9 January 2017 successfully test-fired the first submarine-launched Cruise Missile Babur-3 from an undisclosed location in Indian Ocean.

The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform.

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About Babur-3
• It is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of up to 450km.
• It is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2+.
• The missile is capable of delivering nuclear strikes from land, air and underwater as well.
• It encompasses state-of-the-art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features which are duly augmented by Global Navigation, Terrain and Scene Matching Systems.
• It features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defences.
• It also features certain stealth technologies which can deal with regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.
• In a land-attack mode, the missile is capable of delivering various types of payloads.
• It is expected to provide Pakistan with a credible second-strike capability and an augmented deterrence.

About Babur Missile

Babur is a joint cruise missile weapon systems that has been in service with the Pakistan Army since 2005. Its guidance system uses a combination of Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and GPS satellite guidance.

Babur can be armed with both conventional or nuclear warheads and has a reported range of 700 km. The missile was designed with features to avoid radar detection and penetrate enemy air defences. The serial production of the Babur missile began in October 2005.

The missile was first successfully test fired in August 2005 from a land based transporter erector launcher (TEL). And in March 2007, Pakistan test-fired an upgraded version of the Babur with an extended range of 700 km.

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