Islamabad (dpa) – Pakistan tested a short-range missile with capability to carry nuclear or conventional warheads Monday, the military said.
The domestically built Ra’ad cruise missile has a range of 350 kilometres and is able to perform in-flight manoeuvres, it said.
“It enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea,” the statement said. “Cruise technology has been developed by only a few countries.”
The launch followed a breakthrough on a US-India civil nuclear deal during President Barak Obama’s visit to New Delhi late last month, a move seen as strategic blow to rival Pakistan.
Two days ago, India 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.