March 21, 2006

Pakistan Tests Cruise Missile for Second Time

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile for the second time, the military said on Tuesday.

Pakistan first tested the Babur, or Hatf VII, cruise missile in August last year, marking a significant boost to its arsenal.

"All phases of the planned trajectory were extremely successful and the missile impacted with pinpoint accuracy," a military statement, adding that President Pervez Musharraf witnessed the test at an undisclosed location.

The military said the test was "ground-launched," but added the missile "will also be capable of being placed in submarines and on surface ship."

"The Babur, which has near stealth capabilities, is a low-flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features," it said.

"With a range of 500 km (310 miles), it can carry all types of warheads."

Pakistan's arch-rival India already has cruise missiles that can be launched from submarine.