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Pakistan: Test of Submarine Launched Cruise Missile



  On 9 January 2017, Pakistan claimed to have successfully test-fired a Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) ‘from an underwater, mobile platform.1 The reports add that, ‘Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Babur-2 Ground-Launched Cruise Missile, which was successfully tested earlier in December last.’ The current Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General ZM Hayat hailed the test as a ‘hallmark development as a step towards reinforcing policy of credible minimum deterrence’.2 Whether the claim is fake, as some experts have termed it, is not the important question. What merits examination are the technical aspects and the strategic imperatives behind Pakistan’s quest for a sea-based nuclear deterrence, and the likely trajectory of this quest. 

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