Pakistan has successfully tested a cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a range of 700 kilometers, the military said. The Hatf-VII or Babur missile was test-fired from a multi-tube launch vehicle in an undisclosed location on Monday. "The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security," a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said. The statement described the Babur as a low flying, terrain-hugging missile that can be used against targets at land and sea "with pin-point accuracy".
The Babur has stealth features and is equipped with modern cruise missile technology like "terrain contour matching" and "digital scene matching and area co-relation", the statement added.The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lt. Gen. Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney of the National Engineering, Scientific Commission and senior military officers. Pakistan and its nuclear-armed rival neighboring India routinely test different versions of their missiles. The two countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947. Both neighbors have refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other international regulatory pacts that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons. India considers the NPT as discriminatory, while Pakistan has indicated that it won't join the international treaty until its neighbor does so. PG/JR