Pakistan test fires Hatf VIII Ra'ad

Ra’ad cruise missile has stealth capabilities, is a low altitude, terrain-hugging missile with high maneuverability.

Web Desk May 31, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan conducted a successful test flight of the indigenously developed air-launched cruise missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad) on Thursday.

A statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Ra’ad Missile, with a range of over 350km, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.

‘Cruise technology’ is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world.

The Ra’ad cruise missile with stealth capabilities is a low altitude, terrain-hugging missile with high maneuverability, and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin point accuracy.

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 (SCCSS).

It has enabled robust Command and Control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situation awareness in a digitised network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC).

The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path.

The successful launch was commended by President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee who congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.


Raja Murtaza | 9 years ago | Reply

@bangash: Dear Bagush Bro. as you know pakistan is surronded between cheep enimies like India Israil and USA, they all focused on our minerals, and all other resoures like gold, copper, coal and same with man power. you never ever save your essets without strong defence, otherwise you ll be another Iraq or Afghanistan or watname.

Truthbetold | 9 years ago | Reply

@Meekal Ahmed:

"How much this did cost?"

Unit cost of a Tomahawk cruise missile is about a million dollars each. Pakistani/chinese cruise missiles are copies of the Tomahawk.

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