10 January 2017 Current Affairs: Pakistan has successfully test-fired the first submarine-launched Cruise Missile Babur-3 from an undisclosed location in Indian Ocean.
The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform.
Babur-3 : It is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of up to 450km. It is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2+. The missile is capable of delivering nuclear strikes from land, air and underwater as well.
It encompasses state-of-the-art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features which are duly augmented by Global Navigation, Terrain and Scene Matching Systems. It features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defences.
It also features certain stealth technologies which can deal with regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment. In a land-attack mode, the missile is capable of delivering various types of payloads.
It is expected to provide Pakistan with a credible second-strike capability and an augmented deterrence.
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