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Pakistan successfully test-fires 'smart weapon' from JF-17 fighter jet

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Amidst tensions with India, Air Force has announced successfully test-firing an indigenously developed "smart weapon" from a fighter jet to provide it a very potent day and night capability to engage a variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy.

The PAF also said that experiment marked a great milestone for the country as the weapon has been developed, integrated and qualified solely through indigenous efforts of Pakistani scientists and engineers.

"The successful trial has provided a very potent and assured day and night capability to engage variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy," the PAF said on Tuesday on the fighter jet jointly manufactured by and

of the Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan lauded the efforts of scientists and engineers. He also congratulated the PAF personnel on the achievement of this monumental indigenous capability.

"is a peace loving nation but if subjected to aggression by adversary, we would respond with full force," the PAF statement quoted Anwar as saying.

The exact technical details of the weapon test-fired were not shared by the PAF.

The JF-17, which was previously referred as FC-1 Xiaolong, a single-engine multi-role light fighter was being jointly produced by Pakistan with for several years with engines supplied by

The trial comes amid tensions between and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's district on February 14.

Amid mounting global outrage, the carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

The next day, retaliated and downed a in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to on March 1.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:48 IST