Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile, Commissions Fast Attack Craft

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25-04-2012_ShaheenPakistan successfully tested a nuclear capable-intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV (Shaheen-1A) on Wednesday. The exact range of the missile was not announced. A few unconfirmed media reports have claimed the range to be around 4,500 km. The test occurred only a week after rival India test-fired a long range inter continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V with a range of 5,000 km.

On Tuesday, Pakistan had also commissioned its first fast attack craft, PNS Azmat, built in cooperation with China.

“Its immense firepower coupled with stealthy features makes it a real versatile platform which would not only prove vital for ensuring effective presence in our area of operations, but would bring a new dimension of operation of stealthy platform of this tonnage,” Admiral Muhammad Sandila of Pakistan Navy stated at the commissioning ceremony.