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Pakistan Tests Another Nuke-Ready Missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a trial launch of an air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear or conventional warheads 220 miles, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, May 29).

Islamabad has tested four nuclear-ready missiles since rival India last month conducted the first trial launch of its long-range Agni 5 ballistic missile (see GSN, April 19).

The Pakistani armed forces said the Hatf 8 system is a "low-altitude, terrain-hugging missile with high maneuverability" (Agence France-Presse/Dawn, May 31).

"The state-of-the-art air-launched [Hatf 8] cruise missile ... has stealth capabilities with pinpoint accuracy," Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoted armed forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas as saying (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 31).

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