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Discussion in 'Pakistan Strategic Forces' started by Side-Winder, Jan 24, 2017.
Range of Ababeel
China Acknowledges Sale Of Advanced Missile Technology To Pakistan
March 22, 2018
Pakistan test fires its new Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile in Pakistan on Jan. 24, 2017. Ababeel has a maximum range of 1,350 miles and is capable of delivering multiple warheads using multiple independent re-entry vehicle technology, according to Pakistani sources.
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Updated at 6:40 a.m. ET
China has sold Pakistan an advanced tracking system that could boost Islamabad's efforts to improve ballistic missiles capable of delivering multiple warheads, according to The South China Morning Post.
The website of the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the deal with Pakistan, and Zheng Mengwei, a researcher with the CAS Institute of Optics and Electronics, confirmed to the Post that the purchase was of a "highly sophisticated large-scale optical tracking and measurement system."
The newspaper writes:
"An optical system is a critical component in missile testing. It usually comes with a pair of high-performance telescopes equipped with a laser ranger, high-speed camera, infrared detector and a centralised computer system that automatically captures and follows moving targets.
The device records high-resolution images of a missile's departure from its launcher, stage separation, tail flame and, after the missile re-enters atmosphere, the trajectory of the warheads it releases."
The CAS said a Chinese team spent three months in Pakistan helping calibrate the system. "The system's performance surpassed the user's expectations," it said, adding that it was considerably more complex than Pakistan's home-made systems, the newspaper said.
Although ostensibly for missile testing, it is similar to technology deployed in ballistic missile defense systems.
Rival India has been working on a missile defense system, which it claims to have successfully tested late last year. Meanwhile, Pakistan has concentrated on a possible countermeasure. In January 2017, it tested a missile that reportedly can deliver multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, which can greatly increase the number of incoming targets, possibly overwhelming missile defense systems.
Pakistan, after its first successful launch of the MIRV-capable missile, known as Ababeel, said in a statement that it is "aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan's ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment."
India and Pakistan have been locked in a nuclear arms race since the two countries openly conducted nuclear weapons tests within days of one another in May 1998. Since that time, their respective rocket and missile programs have also proceeded swiftly, frequently raising tensions in the South Asian region.
On Thursday, India's Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the successful launch of a supersonic cruise missile, the BrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia. One version is an anti-ship missile, and the army also has fielded its own variant. India is working on yet another version that could be launched from a Sukoi Su-30 fighter jet.
China, which also views India as a regional rival, has long been recognized as the covert benefactor of Pakistan's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, providing technical know-how and expertise.
Last year, Pakistan deployed a Chinese-made low-to-medium altitude air defense system (LOMAD).
But the latest public statement by Beijing of a deal with Islamabad for such sensitive technology is rare — and possibly meant as a signal to New Delhi, with whom it has had recent border tensions, and possibly the U.S., which has increasingly tilted toward India in recent decades, especially amid what is viewed as Pakistan's tepid commitment to shutting down Islamic extremism.
In January, President Trump tweeted that Pakistan had given the U.S. "nothing but lies [and] deceit" in exchange for billions of dollars in foreign aid.
Testing range equipment which recently got operational
no display of Ababeel in today's parade..
A telescope unit forming part of the Chinese tracking system, deployed at Pakistan's missile testing facility. Photo: Handout
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#China sold #Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles; comes two months after #India tested its most advanced nuclear-ready ICBM
A telescope unit forming part of the Chinese tracking system, deployed at Pakistan's missile testing facility. Photo: South China Morning Post
Just wondering why cant we launch our own SLV if we have MIRV tech. @The Deterrent?
All in good time brother, all in good time. Patience...l
Can it help us in developing BMD?
What do you want a Pakistani SLV for? Are there any corporations big enough in Pakistan that can place an order for a satellite launch on a Pakistani SLV? Would any other country place an order for a satellite launch on a Pakistan SLV? I mean, Pakistan can't even produce it's own cars, why throw money into such an expensive program that will bring little to no benefit to a very poor Pakistan at it's current economic status.
How many industrialised countries have active SLV programs?
Pakistan must be at least $400 billion economy before venturing into building SLV.
Don't see why not... it tracks missiles, tested or not.
@Pakistani Aircraft has summed it up quite well.
We can save Millions of dollars dude, that we use to pay china and other countries for sending our satellites, only we need to allocate reasonable funds for suparco, first successful launch can attract many private sectors to invest we can earn reasonable money from the 3rd world countries through sending there satellites at low cost....take JF-17 as example
How many satellites has Pakistan sent on Chinese/Russian rockets so far?
How many millions do you think Pakistan will need to set up a full fledged SLV program? SUPARCO's current budget is around $28 million.
Space programs are generally very, very expensive that's why even the 27 nation block European Union ($16 trillion economy) has a joint space program.
(Pakistan can barely afford to lease a satellite every few years).