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Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

Islamabad- In the latest series of ballistic missile tests, Pakistan on Thursday fired a modified Hatf-VII Babur cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload 700 kilometres.

“The test is part of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts at consolidating its strategic capability and strengthening national security,” the military said in a statement.

The terrain-hugging and highly manoeuvrable missile can avoid radar detection and hit targets with “pinpoint” accuracy, according to designers.

Pakistan started serial production of the earlier version of Hatf-VII with a range of 500 kilometres in October 2005, later adding 200 kilometres to the range with modifications.

The land-based launch came on the eve of a Pakistan Day militaryparade due to be held in the capital Islamabad.

This is the third launch of Pakistani missile systems in a month and is regarded as an attempt to achieve nuclear parity with archrival India.

Having fought three wars since becoming independent in 1947, the countries joined the nuclear club in 1998 after successive test blasts.

Source: The Raw Story

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