Pakistan successfully tests air launched cruise missile

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Updated 18 February 2020

Pakistan successfully tests air launched cruise missile

  • Ra`ad-II will significantly increase the country’s air delivered strategic standoff capability
  • The missile is ‘a major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted a successful flight test of its air launched cruise missile, Ra`ad-II, which has a range of 600 kilometers, said the military’s public relations wing, ISPR, in a statement released on Tuesday.
Ra`ad-II will significantly enhance the country’s air delivered strategic standoff capability on land and at sea. The weapon system is equipped with state of the art guidance and navigation systems, ensuring engagement of targets with high precision.
“Director General Strategic Plans Division [Dr. Nabeel Hayat Malik] appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists and engineers who contributed wholeheartedly to develop the weapon system and making this launch a success,” said the statement.
He also termed it “a major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability.”
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful flight test of the missile.


Official: 7 Pakistani kids killed when school roof collapses

Updated 57 min 56 sec ago

Official: 7 Pakistani kids killed when school roof collapses

  • All the children who lost their lives in the incidents were receiving Islamic education at the madrassa
  • Rains in Pakistan often damage homes and other structures due to poor construction quality

PESHAWAR: The roof of a school collapsed under heavy rain in Pakistan’s northwest near Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing seven children and injuring 13 others, police said.
Azam Khan, a local police official, said the incident took place in the district of North Waziristan. He said the children were between the ages of 4 and 14.
“Unfortunately, all the children who were martyred or injured in this incident were receiving Islamic education at the madrassa,” Khan said.
Rescue workers recovered the bodies and transported injured students to the area’s main hospital, he said.
Rains in Pakistan often damage homes and other structures because of poor construction quality and many homes are made of mud brick.
North Waziristan served as the headquarters of Pakistan’s Taliban and foreign militants until 2017 after security forces in a series of operations dismantled their network and killed or arrested scores of them.
The region has dozens of schools where children receive Islamic education.