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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile

31 May, 2012

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Thursday successfully tested the indigenously developed Hatf-VIII cruise missile. The nuclear-capable missile, with a range of over 350 kilometres, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.

The cruise missile with stealth capabilities is a low altitude, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with complete accuracy.

According to an ISPR statement, Ra'ad Missile has the range of over 350 km that can enable Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at Sea.

'Cruise Technology' is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world. The state of the art Ra'ad Cruise Missile with Stealth Capabilities is a low altitude, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin point accuracy.

A major additional feature of today's test was the effective employment of the National Command Authority's fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS).

It has enabled robust command and control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC).

The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path.

The successful launch has been commended by the President, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

AFP adds: Pakistan on Thursday tested a fourth nuclear-capable cruise missile since India launched a new long-range weapon capable of hitting China last month.

On April 20, India successfully test fired the Agni V capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated the scientists working on the program over the success of the missile test.

India and Pakistan — which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 — have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.

Pakistan's arsenal includes short-, medium- and long-range missiles.


Reader Comments:


The test firing of nuclear capable missile Hatf-VIII by Pakistan does create an apprehension in South Asia nevertheless every country has the right to pursue their nuclear policy. Indeed in the past this would have created diplomatic ripples across the Indo-Pak borders but, now there is a visible change. As long as nuclear tests are restrained and not given unwarranted and undue focus then there can be a perceptible change for the better in bilateral relations. Although the test firing of Hatf-VIII may not go well and prove very conducive towards creating a cogenial environment nevertheless Pakistan has and should have reasons behind this test which should be understood in an appropriate manner. Also, should there be similar tests in the neighbourhood then there should not be any kind of reaction within Pakistan.

MANOJ JOSHI, India - 01 June, 2012


As a pure aerospace follower, it still amazes me how pakistan was able to put together a high technology as this cruise missle, this misslies has a turbo jet engine, a ground proximity sesor for terrain correction, stealth, aero dynamic for flying as a plane with stabilizer and terrair database, I belive should have all the navigation systems. One of the objectvie of this current test is to test the on flight command. It sure is a brilliant feet of technology. Kudos to those engineers who made this missile. I can only image the challenge, since here in US only a US citizen with more than decade of exp in defence are even allowed to work on such projects and the US does not share this technology even with allies. Let alone pakistan with all sactions and goverments vigil could pull it together. Again Kudos

Jason, United States - 02 June, 2012

pakistan zindabad:mm''''''''''nd we people change the world:::::::::nd no one will be stand in front of us::::::::::onky one thing remember myyy nstion::::be unite:::::::

baset, - 02 June, 2012

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