Pakistan test fire Missile for range of 350 Km
Responding to India's missile test, Pakistan has retaliated within a day and test fired the nuclear capabale Hatf VIII missile today. Analysts think this might create a missile race between two traditionally hostile neighbours.
Barely 24 hours after India successfully tested the Agni-3, Pakistan is also flexing its military muscle. Pakistan today (Thursday, May 8) test-fired the nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII air-launched cruise missile, which the military said would enhance its capability to strike at targets on land and at sea.
The test of the Hatf-VIII or Raad missile, which has a range of 350 kilometres, was part of a "continuing process of validating the design parameters of the weapon system", said a statement from the military. The statement did not say where the missile was tested.
Describing the launch as successful, it said the indigenously developed missile had "special stealth
capabilities". It statement said the Raad, which means "thunder" in Arabic, was a low-altitude, terrain following missile with high manoeuvrability and could deliver all types of warheads "with great accuracy".
The Raad, exclusively developed for launch from aerial platforms, "has enabled Pakistan to achieve a greater strategic stand-off capability on land and at sea", the statement said, adding such complex cruise missile technology has been developed by "only a few countries of the world".