Pakistan Tests ‘Nuke-Capable’ Short-Range Missile 20 Apr 2011 16:53 ISLAMABAD – Pakistan yesterday conducted the first official test firing of what it described as a short-range surface-to-surface multitube ballistic missile. An Inter-Services Press Release statement said the Nasr (Victory) missile could be tipped with “nuclear warheads of appropriate yield with high accuracy,” therefore confirming Pakistan’s long-assumed tactical nuclear weapons program. The statement also described it as a “quick response system [which] addresses the need to deter evolving threats.” Nasr is the ninth in the Pakistani Hatf (Vengeance) series of missile systems.

This still image from a Pakistan military handout video shows a Hatf IX (NASR) missile being fired during a test at an undisclosed location in Pakistan April 19, 2011. Pakistan on Tuesday test fired a newly developed short range surface to surface ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads, the military said. REUTERS/Pakistan Military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) via Reuters TV/ Handout (PAKISTAN – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)