Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable, battle-front tactical missile

Kyodo

Pakistan successfully test-fired on Monday two short-range, nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missiles from a multiple missile launcher, the Defense Ministry said.

The ministry gave no information about where the test was carried out.

The domestically developed Hatf-IX missiles, with a range of 60 kilometers, can carry “nuclear warheads of appropriate capability,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Hatf-IX, developed by the National Engineering and Science Commission, was first test-fired in April 2011, according to Pakistani media reports.

The test-firing Monday was witnessed by Gen. Khalid Shameem Wyne, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Lt. Gen. Tariq Nadeem Gilani, commander of the Army Strategic Force Command, and scientists of the National Engineering and Science Commission, the Defense Ministry said.