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Pakistan successfully test-launched indigenously-made Ra'ad cruise missile

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Aviation defence equipment technology
Pakistan Ra'ad/Hatf-VIII cruise missile test launched
 
 
 
Pakistan successfully test-launched indigenously-made Ra'ad cruise missile
 
Pakistan on Monday, February 2, conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) “Ra’ad”, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. The Ra’ad/Hatf-VIIImissile, with a range of 350 km, enables Pakistan to achieve 'strategic standoff capability' on land and at sea.
     
Pakistan on Monday, February 2, conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) “Ra’ad”, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. The Ra’ad/Hatf-VIIImissile, with a range of 350 km, enables Pakistan to achieve 'strategic standoff capability' on land and at sea. Pakistan's home-made Ra'ad/Hatf-VIII air-launched cruise missile
     
The Ra'ad is an air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) developed by Pakistan and operational with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Ra'ad is designed to attack fixed enemy installations (such as radar posts, command nodes and stationary surface to air missile launchers) at stand-off range, keeping the launching aircraft away from enemy air defence systems. The missile can also be armed with a 10-35 kt nuclear warhead.

Ra'ad was tested for the first time on 25 August 2007.

Pakistan's Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lt General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, while congratulating the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of historic significance, termed it a major step towards strengthening Pakistan’s full spectrum credible minimum deterrence capability. Pakistan’s strategic pursuits are aimed at achieving strategic stability in the region, he said.

He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed whole heartedly to make this launch a success.

He showed his full confidence over operational preparedness of strategic forces including employment and deployment concepts, refinement and training of all ranks in operational and technical domains.

The successful launch has been commended by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.