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Pakistan successfully completed training launch of Shaheen-1

19 November, 2019

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Pakistan successfully completed the “training launch” of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-1, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Monday.

The head of the military’s media wing, in a tweet, said that the missile is “capable of delivering all types of warheads up to range of 650 kilometres”. “The launch was aimed at testing operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC), ensuring Pakistan’s credible minimum deterrence,” he added.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal said that Pakistan made at least Rs 31 billion from the export of defence-oriented products this financial year. The minister was talking on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019 that kicked off on Sunday.

The airshow was opened by vice-president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Close to 1,288 exhibitors and more than 87,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the airshow over the next five days. More than 160 countries, including Pakistan, are participating at the mega event.

Pakistan’s Super Mushshak training aircraft is also on display at the airshow, but JF-17 Thunder is not present in this year’s event. Many aviation enthusiasts, especially Pakistanis and Chinese, were a little dejected when they did not find the jet. The aircraft had been regularly displayed at Dubai airshows for the past ten years. Not only in Dubai, the JF-17 Thunder had successfully been participating in various reputed air shows all over the world too.  Jalal also visited Pakistan pavilion and met engineers of Super Mushshak at the site of the airshow on the first day.

She lauded the efforts of Pakistani engineers for developing state-of-the-art aircrafts in Pakistan and said that Pakistan had received three times more foreign exchange this financial year by exporting defence products.

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