Pakistan on Monday attained the credible ‘second strike capability’ as it successfully test-fired nuclear capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) Babur-III. Pakistan military while sharing details and features revealed 450 kilometers ranged missile was fired from an underwater, mobile platform from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean and hit its target with precise accuracy. Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier. The missile features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defenses, in addition to certain stealth technologies, in an emerging regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment. Babur-3 in land-attack mode is capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a Credible Second Strike Capability, augmenting deterrence.
This hallmark development is a step forward to reinforcing policy of credible minimum deterrence. Successful test of Babur-III is a manifestation of Pakistan’s technological progress and self-reliance. Successful test fire of the missile demonstrates confidence on our scientists and engineers in fostering the technological prowess, through indigenization and self-reliance.
Pakistan always maintains policy of peaceful coexistence and maintains policy of not indulging in arms- race in South Asia, but constant urge of India to pile up weapons compels Pakistan to advance its defence capabilities. India has already enhanced and launched its sea-based missile program capable of carrying nuclear warheads. This successful missile test has given Pakistan an equal footing on sea-based second-strike nuclear capability with India. The fact that sea-based second strike capability is widely considered as a defensive, stability-inducing capability rather than an offensive one, further establishes that Pakistan maintains policy of credible minimum deterrence. Successful missile test is another significant addition to already boastful list of delivery mechanisms that Pakistan’s missile program contains.
Successful missile test is another significant addition to Pakistan’s already boastful missile program.