(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan tested yet another nuclear capable missile on Thursday, this time with a range of over 350 kilometers.
The latest launch comes a month after Pakistan tested an intermediate range ballistic missile just days after India conducted its own missile test. The two countries have been competing with each other in testing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in an effort to get a heads up in the regional nuclear arms race.
In a statement Thursday, Pakistan’s military said it “conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad) with a range of over 350 kilometers to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at Sea.”
“The state of the art Ra’ad Cruise Missile with Stealth Capabilities is a Low Altitude, Terrain Hugging Missile with high maneuverability, and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin point accuracy,” the statement continued.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN