ISLAMABAD (dpa) – Pakistan on Monday tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said, the second launch in less than a week.
The Shaheen 1A, also known as Hatf IV, has a range of 900 kilometres and is capable of in-flight manoeuvres, a military statement said.
Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile with the range of 1,500 kilometres on Thursday. The unusual urgency signals a spike in the arms race between Pakistan and rival India.
Pakistan and India conducted nuclear tests days apart in 1998 following decades of secret development by both sides.
The South Asian rivals have since been working on missile systems to fire nuclear payloads at each other. Pakistan has invested huge sums in the programme despite a nearly bankrupt economy, and more than half of its 180-million population living below a global poverty benchmark.