Pakistan continues to step up its missile capacities, announcing the test of the Hatf-IX (or NASR) surface-to-surface missile.
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The Pakistani military reports the first flight of the weapon which, it says, is capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
The 60-km-range missile “has been developed to add deterrence value to Pakistan’s Strategic Weapons Development program at shorter ranges,” the government says. “This quick response system addresses the need to deter evolving threats,” it adds.
The firing comes after the HATF-VII flight test staged during Aero India in February.