(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan’s military says it has successfully fired a ballistic missile with a range of over 800 miles.
The test launch of the nuclear-capable Hatf V missile, reported Wednesday, was conducted at an undisclosed location.
Neighboring India, much of which lies within the Hatf V’s potential launch radius, had recently tested its own Prithvi series missile. Wednesday’s launch in Pakistan was widely seen as a response to those tests.
“The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan’s deterrence capability and national security,” the Pakistani military said in a release.
The medium range weapon, also known as a Ghauri missle, can carry nuclear and conventional warheads. The U.S. military has estimated that Pakistan possesses 90-110 nuclear warheads.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN