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Pakistan’s Missiles: Shaheen-III Ballistic Missile

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Pakistan is developing the Shaheen-III  intermediate-range ballistic missile. It is the successor of the earlier produced Shaheen 1 and Shaheen 2 ballistic missiles. With a range of 2750 kilometers, the missile is the largest in the Shaheen series and Pakistan’s arsenal.

Both conventional and nuclear warheads can be carried by the surface-to-surface missile. It’s a solid-fueled ballistic missile with two stages. Solid fuel propellants are ready to shoot and launch in less time. It also increases the missile’s speed. The Shaheen 3 missile is a road-mobile weapon that is transported and launched using a transporter erector launcher (TEL).

TELs are easier to maneuver and hide than permanent launchers, and they are more durable. Shaheen 3 was first tested in March and December 2015 and then revealed to the public in March 2016 at a military parade.

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Pakistan designed the Shaheen-III missile to range further inland Indian targets. The additional range allows the Shaheen 3 to target Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, which is the sole reason for its development.

Typically, ballistic missiles are driven by rockets at the start, and then follow an unpowered, free-falling trajectory to their targets.

They are categorized based on the greatest distance they can travel, which is determined by the power of the missile’s engines (rockets) and the payload weight. Short-range, medium-range and long-range ballistic missiles are rocket-propelled vehicles that may deliver nuclear or conventional bombs.

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