Pakistan tests nuclear capable cruise missile 2011-04-29 13:28:19 ISLAMABAD, April 29 (Xinhua) — Pakistan on Friday successfully conducted flight test of indigenously developed air launched cruise missile, which “can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with great pin point accuracy,” the army said. The “Hatf-VIII Ra’ad Cruise Missile” has the range of 350 kilometers, an army statement said. The missile has been developed exclusively for launch from aerial platforms, the statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said. “The missile test was conducted as part of the continuous process of improving the technical parameters of the weapon system,” it said. The statement said the missile system has enabled Pakistan to achieve a greater strategic stand off 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 great pin point accuracy,” it said.

In this picture taken on March 7, 2011, Pakistan army soldiers take positions in the Pakistani tribal area of Ditta Kheil in North Waziristan where the Pakistan army are fighting against militants and al-Qaida activists along the Afghanistan border. Crumbling unity among militants could provide the Pakistan army an opening to conduct a limited offensive against a particularly vicious Taliban group in a strategic tribal region, according to analysts and a senior military official. (AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal)