Months after India's Agni V launch, China sells missile defence tracking system to Pakistan: Report

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 22, 2018, 12:29 PM(IST)

Pakistan has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile, Ababeel. Photograph:( WION )

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A Hong Kong-based newspaper reported that Pakistan had bought a "highly sophisticated, large-scale optical tracking" and "measurement system" from China

Chinese authorities on Wednesday declassified information about selling advanced missile tracking system, according to news reports.

China's latest sale of weapons to support Pakistan's missile programme comes barely months after India successfully tested the Agni V intercontinental ballistic missile which has range of 5,000 kilometres capable of reaching China.

Some Chinese experts had warned authorities to be on "alert" and "further upgrade its anti-missile techniques" in view of missile test by India.

A Hong Kong-based newspaper reported that Pakistan had bought a "highly sophisticated, large-scale optical tracking" and "measurement system" from China which was "deployed at a firing range" for use in "testing" and "development" of new missiles.

Last year Pakistan had tested the nuclear-capable Ababeel missile with a range of 2,200 km.

The Pakistani authorities had said the development of the Ababeel weapon system was aimed at ensuring "survivability of Pakistan's ballistic missiles" in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.

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