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Hatf-7 Babur GLCM

The Babur Ground Launched Cruise Missile [GLCM] is a low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features. It has the same external dimensions as the US Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM). It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities. It also incorporates the most modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enhances its precision and effectiveness manifolds.

Some soruces suggest the Babur is based on Kh-55SM/Korshun LACM, which had been developed by Ukraineís Dnipropetrovsk-based Yuzhnoye State Design Bureau, with detailed production engineering data bought from Kiev in 2001

On June 5, 2012 Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of the multi tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) having a range of 700 kms. The missile was launched from a state of the art multi tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV) which significantly enhances the targeting and employment options of Babur Weapon System in both the conventional and nuclear modes.

The test was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R), Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), Mr Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, scientists and engineers. The test will consolidate Pakistanís strategic deterrence capability, and further strengthen national security. The successful test was also warmly appreciated by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

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