posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 08:32 AM
Pakistan on Saturday successfully test fired a new cruise missile with a range of 350 kilometers, a statement of the Inter-Services Public Relations
Named "RAAD" that means "thunder", the missile is a Hatf-8 type Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), the statement said.
As an indigenously developed cruise missile, RAAD has been designed exclusively for launch from a variety of Pakistan's air platforms, providing
these with a strategic stand off capability on land and at sea, according to the statement.
It has low defection probability due to its stealth design and materials used in its manufacturing. RAAD can carry all kinds of warheads and has
an accuracy comparable to Pakistan's Babur cruise missiles which have a longer range.
President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have congratulated the scientists and engineers involved in the development of
the new national strategic capability, the statement said