June 1. 2012 – ISLAMABAD – For the second time in a week, Pakistan today successfully test fired another nuclear- capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile with a range of more than 350 km, the latest in a series of tests of missiles that can hit targets within India. The military described the flight test of the air-launched Hatf-VIII or Ra’ad cruise missile as successful. “The Ra’ad missile, with a range of over 350 km, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea,’ a military statement said. The Ra’ad missile has stealth capabilities and is a “low-altitude, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability.” The test comes just days after Pakistan test fired its quick reaction tactical nuclear-capable Hatf-IX missile with a range of 60 km on May 29. The Hatf-IX is virtually a battlefield missile designed to hit massed armor. The Ra’ad can deliver “nuclear and conventional warheads with pinpoint accuracy,” the statement said. The military said today’s launch had also tested a new automated command and control system. “A major additional feature of today’s test was the effective employment of the National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System,” the statement said. –Times of India
contribution Vicky G.