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Military: Pakistan Test-Launches Homegrown Cruise Missile

January 19, 2016 (Photo Credit: Intersevices Public Relattions via AFP)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan conducted a successful flight test Tuesday of a locally developed cruise missile named “Ra’ad” with a range of 350 kilometers (around 218 miles), the military said.

“The state of the art Ra’ad ALCM (air-launched cruise missile) is equipped with highly advanced guidance and navigation system that ensures engagement of targets with pin point accuracy,” the military said in a statement.

Tuesday’s test is the latest in a series carried out by Pakistan and its arch-rival India since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.

Relations between Pakistan and India — which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 — have always been fraught, but soured further last August amid a rise in clashes along their borders and a row over a Pakistani diplomat meeting Kashmiri separatists.

Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on Dec. 15 last year.

Last week, India’s Foreign Minister held talks with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on the sidelines of a regional summit on Afghanistan, where they jointly announced they would resume high-level peace talks.

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