Pakistan on Wednesday successfully conducted the launch of intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf-4 Shaheen-1A weapon system. The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads. According to the ISPR the missile has successfully hit its target in the sea. The exact range of the missile was not revealed, but retired General Talat Masood, a defence analyst, told AFP it would be able to hit targets up to 2,500 to 3,000 kilometres (1,550 to 1,850 miles) away -- putting arch-rival India well within reach. Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai congratulated scientists and engineers on the successful launch, and the accuracy of the missile in reaching the target. He said the improved version of Shaheen 1A will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan's deterrence abilities. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have congratulated the scientists and military officials over the successful test of missile.