Nuke-Ready Pakistani Missile Fired in Trial

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a trial launch of a ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads as far as 180 miles, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, April 25).

The Hatf 3 missile operated as intended in the test, according to a statement from the Pakistani armed forces.

The test follows the April 25 trial launch of an intermediate-range Pakistani ballistic missile able to reach territories in the nation's longtime rival, India. The two nuclear-armed neighbors have gone to war on three occasions since 1947 (Agence France-Presse/Economic Times, May 10).

Pakistan regularly tests what are said to be home-built missiles, according to the Associated Press.

India on April 19 conducted the initial test launch of its longest-range nuclear-capable missile, the Agni 5. The missile is designed to fly 3,100 miles and is seen more as a deterrent to China than Pakistan, according to previous reports (see GSN, April 19; Associated Press/USA Today, May 10).

 

May 10, 2012
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Pakistan on Thursday conducted a trial launch of a ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads as far as 180 miles, Agence France-Presse reported.

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