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Pakistan successfully test-fired Air Launched Cruise Missile Ra’ad

The missile gave Pakistan a strategic standoff capability on land and at sea indicating that Ra'ad can be launched at sea-based targets such as ships as well as land-based targets.

Feb 3, 2015 15:08 IST
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Pakistan on 2 February 2015 successfully test-fired indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Ra’ad. The missile, also called Thunder in Arabic, has been developed by Pakistan's Air Weapons Complex and NESCOM.

The missile gave Pakistan Air Force a strategic standoff capability on land and at sea indicating that Ra'ad can be launched at sea-based targets such as ships as well as land-based targets.

Ra'ad was tested for the first time on 25 August 2007.

About Ra’ad missile
• The missile is designed to operate with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft’s like Dassault Mirage III ROSE and JF-17 combat aircraft.
• This low altitude missile is designed to attack fixed enemy installations such as radar posts, command nodes, surface to air missile launchers, etc.
• High maneuverability capabilities of missile enable it to deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin-point accuracy.
• It has a range of 350 km and comprises stealth capabilities due to its cruise technology.
• The missile can also be armed with a 10-35 kilo tonne nuclear warhead.

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