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Pakistan tests nuclear-capable Cruise missile

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept. 17, IRNA -- Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of an indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile, having a range of 700 kilometers, and can carry nuclear warheads, the military said.

Babur Crusie Missile Hatf-VII is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which can strike targets both at Land and Sea with pin point accuracy, an army statement said.

“It carries stealth features. Equipped with modern cruise missile technology of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), it can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads,” the statement said.

The missile was launched from a state of the art Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV), which significantly enhances the targeting and deployment options of Babur Weapon system.

“The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path. The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan’s deterrence capability and National security,” the military said.

The test enables robust Command and Control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC).

In Monday’s test National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS) was once again employed.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success.

The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutunent General (R) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Mr. Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations, the statement said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80327544

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