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Pakistan successfully test fires Submarine Launched Cruise Missile BABUR

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RAWALPINDI — Pakistan has successfully conducted test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) BABUR having a range of 450 KMs on Thursday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Babur is capable of delivering different kinds of payloads and employs underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features.

According to ISPR, the media wing of the military, the missile was fired from an underwater dynamic platform, which successfully engaged its target with precise accuracy; meeting all the flight parameters.

SLCM BABUR is capable of delivering various types of payloads and incorporates state of the art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features. It provides Pakistan credible second strike capability, augmenting the existing deterrence regime.

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Development of this capability also reflects Pakistan’s response to provocative nuclear strategies and posture being pursued in neighbourhood through induction of nuclear submarines and ship-borne nuclear missiles; leading to nuclearisation of Indian Ocean Region.

The test was witnessed by DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Chairman NESCOM, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from Strategic Scientific Organizations.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and President Mamnoon Hussain have also conveyed their facilitation to the scientists, engineers and NSFC personnel involved in the effort.

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Syria ‘accidentally shot down’ Russian spy plane during Israeli attack

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Russia’s defence ministry said one of its military surveillance aircraft with 14 people on board disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean at the same time as Israeli and French forces were mounting aerial attacks on targets in Syria.

“Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane over the Mediterranean Sea,” the ministry said. Contact was lost at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Monday, it added.

There are conflicting reports as to who is responsible for the downing of the aircraft, however the US claims it was accidentally shot down by the Syrian regime’s anti-aircraft artillery after the Syrians came under fire by Israeli missiles.

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A US official said Washington believed the aircraft, the turbo-prop plane used for electronic reconnaissance, was inadvertently shot down by anti-aircraft artillery operated by Moscow’s ally, the Syrian Government.

Russsia’s Defence Ministry said the aircraft was returning to the Russian-run Hmeymim airbase in Latakia province when it disappeared from radar screens at about 11:00pm Moscow time.

The plane was over the Mediterranean Sea about 35 kilometres from the Syrian coastline, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

The fate of the 14 people on board the missing plane is unknown, and a rescue operation has been organised out of the Hmeymim base, the ministry said.

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