Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

The Chashma-III reactor is pictured in Chashma, some 250 km southwest of capital Islamabad in this file photo. — AFP
The Chashma-III reactor is pictured in Chashma, some 250 km southwest of capital Islamabad in this file photo. — AFP

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile on Monday, the military said, a show of force for a country that sees its missile development as a deterrent against arch-foe India.

The launch of the nuclear-capable Babur-3 missile, which has a range of 450 km and was fired from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, is likely to heighten long-running tension between India and Pakistan.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. Both nations have been developing missiles of varying ranges since they conducted nuclear tests in May 1998.

“Pakistan eyes this hallmark development as a step towards reinforcing the policy of credible minimum deterrence,” the military’s media wing said in a statement.

A spokesman at the Indian defense ministry was not immediately available to comment on the Pakistani missile test.

India successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable, submarine-launched missile in 2008 and tested a submarine-launched cruise missile in 2013.

The Pakistani military said the Babur-3 missile was “capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a Credible Second Strike Capability, augmenting deterrence.”

An army spokesman later confirmed the language meant the missile was equipped to carry nuclear warheads.

The Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of the ground-launched Babur-2 missile, which was tested in December. The military said the missile had features such as “underwater controlled propulsion and advanced guidance and navigation.”

Last year, Pakistan said it was “seriously concerned” by India’s test of anti-ballistic missiles which media reports said could intercept incoming nuclear weapons.

According to media reports, on May 15 India tested a locally designed Anti-Ballistic Missile system which could in theory intercept a nuclear-carrying ballistic missile.


  1. We want peace. No warranty. If Pakistan does not like peace we Indians will retaliate. We have more weapons than Pakistan, to protect our country, India..

    • No mater how much love you show for India still you will be called 3rd class citizen. We should all pray for peace and love for every body. The government on either side should spend money on people instead of stupid race of killing people.

  2. Don’t worry. I believe every single Pakistani would only want peace. These developments are are strategic defence measures and only to make sure that enemy thinks twice before miscalculating any adventure.

  3. Sorry to see how even indian Muslims are brain washed against pakistan by propagandists people like arnab goswami and lying biased media like times now

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