Pakistan successfully tests submarine-launched cruise missile

Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 30 March 2018

Pakistan successfully tests submarine-launched cruise missile

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Thursday conducted another successful test of the indigenously developed Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur, which has a range of 450 km.
The missile was fired from an underwater dynamic platform and successfully engaged its target, meeting all the flight parameters.
“SLCM Babur is capable of delivering various types of payloads, and incorporates state-of-the-art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.
The missile gives Pakistan a credible second-strike capability, ISPR said, adding: “Pakistan eyes this landmark development as a step toward reinforcing the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence through indigenization and self-reliance.”
Pakistan’s president and prime minister congratulated the scientists, engineers and personnel involved in the effort.


US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

Updated 28 May 2020

US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

  • Nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide

WASHINGTON:: The United States has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported Wednesday — a somber milestone and by far the highest total in the world.
The country reported its first death about three months ago. Since then, nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide, according to the Baltimore-based school.
The actual number of deaths and infections is believed to be higher, experts say.
In the last 24 hours, the death toll was on the rise once again, with 1,401 deaths added, after three straight days of tolls under 700. The full death toll stood at 100,396.
The state of New York has seen nearly a third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the United States, where President Donald Trump ordered that flags fly at half-staff last weekend to honor the victims.
The first US virus death was reported on February 26, though officials now say they believe that others may have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, before that.
The country passed the 50,000-death threshold barely more than a month ago.
The number of deaths per capita in the United States is nevertheless lower than in several European countries, including Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
Despite the grim toll, most US states are now moving toward ending the strict stay-at-home measures that were implemented to curb the spread of the virus.
President Donald Trump, who is running for reelection in November, is eager to stem the economic pain of the lockdown, which has left tens of millions of Americans without jobs.