Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

Monday, February 02, 2015
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Islamabad: Pakistan says it has tested a short-range missile with capability to carry nuclear or conventional warheads.

The military said on February 2 that the domestically built Ra'ad cruise missile has a range of 350 kilometers and is able to maneuver during flight.

The terrain-hugging missile "enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea," the statement said.

It added that cruise technology had been developed by "only a few countries."

The launch comes two days after rival India announced it successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile from a mobile launcher.

Pakistan and India conducted nuclear tests days apart in 1998, after decades of secretly developing the capability.
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The two neighbors have fought two wars over Kashmir, which both countries claim as their own.

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