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Pakistan tests fourth n-capable missile in a month

world Updated: May 31, 2012 23:44 IST

Pakistan on Thursday tested a fourth nuclear-capable cruise missile since India launched a new long-range weapon capable of hitting China last month.

The Hatf VIII air cruise missile or Ra'ad cruise missile has a range of 350 km and can carry conventional warheads, the military said. It described the "low altitude, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability" as "state of the art" with "pinpoint accuracy".

"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 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 military said Thursday'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.

This system has "enabled robust command and control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitised network-centric environment to decision makers at the National Command Centre".

On April 20, India successfully test fired the Agni V missile.