Pakistan announces that it has hypersonic missiles in its arsenal

Pakistan has just announced, through official publications on social networks, that it has hypersonic missiles, capable of shaping regional geopolitics. If this declaration is part of the cycle of tensions which have opposed Tehran and Islamabad for several days, it especially leaves specialists perplexed as to its veracity.

After an Iranian attack and a Pakistani response, tensions are at their highest between the two countries

While tensions between Islamabad and Tehran are at their highest, after the Iranian strikes of November 16 in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, against members of the separatist group Jaish al-Adl, and Pakistani response strikes against terrorist bases located in Iranian Sistan-Baluchestan, the Pakistani military authorities published a very surprising press release.

IRBM Ababeel MIRV Pakistan
The Pakistani Ababeel is a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying three MIRVs.

According to official publications made on social networks by Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Pakistani forces also have hypersonic capabilities, capable of “ counter evolving threats " and of " rebalancing power dynamics in the region“, according to the terms used.

It is true that Pakistan has proven skills in ballistic missiles, as demonstrated a few months ago with the entry into service of the Ababeel medium-range ballistic missile solid fuel, capable of carrying three canned nuclear warheads.

Proven missile skills of Pakistan's defense industry

This performance assumes that Pakistani engineers are, in fact, capable of controlling hypersonic flight, beyond mach 5, if only to ensure the independent trajectory of the MIRVs.

According to Timothy Wright, a military analyst at the think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, interviewed by the Defense News site, Air Marshal Sidhu is however most likely referring here to the CM-400AKG missile, an export version of the Chinese-designed YJ-12 air-to-ground or anti-ship cruise missile.

Jf-17 armed with CM-400AKG missiles
The Pakistani JF-17 Thunder can carry the Chinese CM400 air-to-ground or anti-ship missile capable of reaching hypersonic speeds, without actually qualifying as a hypersonic missile.

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2 Comments

  1. It seems to me that this conflict is a bit different from the others since it is almost in the realm of civil war/independence between a province that wants neither Iran nor Pakistan and these two countries.

    It is rather the terrorist activity of this province recently which has forced the response of the two countries against it.

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