Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable stealth missile
Pakistan said it had successfully test-fired Friday a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The military sai...
Pakistan said it had successfully test-fired Friday a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The military said the "Hatf VII" missile had a range of 700 kilometres (438 miles) and was a "low-flying, terrain-hugging missile with high manoeuvrability, pin-point accuracy and radar avoidance features".
Capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said the special feature of Friday's launch was the validation of a new multi-tube missile launch vehicle (MLV).
"The three tube MLV enhances manifold (times) the targeting and deployment options in the conventional and nuclear modes," the military said.
India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars -- two over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
The neighbours were on the brink of a nuclear conflict in 2002 over tensions about Kashmir, but a slow-moving peace process resumed in March following a suspension after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.