At the height of political turmoil in Pakistan, the army conducted a test of its nuclear-capable missile Shaheen-III.
This was the second time the missile was fired in the last two years, with the last test on 20 January 2021. While DG ISPR, Pakistan, said that the “test flight was aimed at the revalidating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” the timing of the test raises questions.
Shaheen-III Aimed At India’s Northeast?
The development phase of Shaheen-III began in the early 2000s after India first test-fired Agni-III, which was capable of hitting any target inside Pakistan.
Shaheen-III is a nuclear-capable land-based surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile. The missile was first test-fired on 9 March 2015 and displayed during a military parade in March 2016.
It is Pakistan’s longest-range missile, with a range of 2,750 kilometers. The missile uses a two-stage, solid propellant propulsion system. The road-mobile missile was mounted on a Chinese transporter erector launcher.