Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistan's armed forces have completed the first flight test with their Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
The missile has a maximum range of 1,367 miles, and is capable of carrying multiple warheads using the Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle technology. According to Inter Service Public Relations, the media arm of Pakistan's military, the test was conducted to validate the weapon's abilities.
ISPR adds the missile will be a powerful deterrent for the country. Ababeel can be armed with nuclear weapons, and engage multiple targets while overcoming enemy radars.
High-ranking Pakistani government officials praised the flight test as a landmark achievement for the country's military.
Pakistan's demonstration follows its nuclear-capable Babur-III launch on Jan. 9, and a number of test-firings conducted by its neighbor India, which have contributed to escalating tensions between the historically hostile nations.