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Pakistan Completes 'Trials' of Ghauri-III Missile Engine

Islamabad The News 30 September 1999 page 10

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has successfully completed the trials of Ghauri-III missile's engine at Kahuta Research Laboratories on Wednesday.

An official said the trials were completed at 2:30 p.m. and the ballistic missile (Ghauri-III) would cover the range of over 3,000 kilometres.

Pakistan had already completed successful test flights of Ghauri-I and Ghauri-II, responding to Indian ballistic missiles Prithvi and two versions of Agni missiles.

The official said the engine test of Ghauri-III has enabled armed forces to target all the big cities of India, including Calcutta. The official, however, said that Pakistani missiles and nuclear program were for defensive needs. "We don't have any aggressive design but to defend every inch of the motherland is our right."

The official said that soon the nation would also hear good news about the indigenous achievements of the country's space program. Dr Qadeer Khan Research Laboratories are cooperating with Pakistan Upper Space and Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO) in devloping indigenous rocket to launch satellites.

Earlier Kahuta Laboratories successfully tested three ranges of Gahuri missile ranging 1,500, 2,000 and 2,700 kilometres. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission's scientists had also successfully completed the test flights of Shaheen missile, ranging 1,500 to 1,800 kilometres.


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