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Pakistan Test-Fires Nuke Capable Stealth Missile

Nuclear-armed Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired an indigenously developed multi-tube cruise missile having a range of 700 kilometers and capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said.

Babur Cruise Missile Hatf-VII is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which can strike targets both at land and sea with pin-point accuracy, Pak media reported quoting an Army statement.

Equipped with modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), the stealth missile "can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads," the statement said.

The missile was launched from a state-of-art Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV), which significantly enhances the targeting and deployment options of the Babur Weapon System.

"The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path. The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security," the military said.

The test enables robust command and control capability of all strategic assets with round-the-clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at the National Command Center (NCC).

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Command Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

The test was witnessed by Director-General of Strategic Plans Division Lt.Gen. Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman of National Engineering & Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, the statement added.

by RTT Staff Writer

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