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Friday, April 29, 2011

Pakistan Test Fires Hatf-8 Cruise Missile

RAWALPINDI:Pakistan today successfully test fired a new Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) termed the Hatf-8 (Ra'ad). The indigenously developed Ra'ad , is said to have a range of 350 kilometers, though there is speculation that this range might be extended.

The missile is said to have a stealth design, to be as accurate as the Babur cruise missile, and have the capability to carry various types of warheads. The missile has been reportedly designed exclusively for launch from a variety of Pakistan's air platforms, providing these with a strategic stand off capability on land and at sea.

According to ISPR, the missile can strike a target at a distance of 350 kilometers. The cruise missile was launched from a platform set up in the air. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, says ISPR.

The successful launch has been appreciated 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.

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