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Pakistan conducts successful test of air launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II

Ra’ad-II has a range of 600km and “significantly enhances” the military’s air-delivered strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.

Pakistan has successfully conducted a flight test of air-launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

The cruise missile, which has a range of 600 kilometers, is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance and navigation systems ensuring the engagement of targets with high precision, says ISPR press release.

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According to the ISPR statement, Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Director General Dr. Nabeel Hayat Malik, the National Engineering and Scientific Commission chairman, and senior officers from the SPD, Strategic Forces and Strategic Organisations were also present on the occasion.

The SPD Director General appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of the scientists and engineers who contributed towards developing the weapons system and [for] making the launch a success. He termed it “a major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability”, the statement read.

Earlier in January, Pakistan conducted a successful training launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi.

Saman Siddiqui

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