Pakistan Tests Second Nuclear-Capable Missile this Month

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By NTD Newsroom
January 24, 2017Latest

Pakistan successfully tested a new nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile on Tuesday (January 24). The missile is able to deliver multiple warheads and evade radar detection, the army’s media wing said.

It was Pakistan‘s second missile test in a month.

The Ababeel missile can reach targets at a range of 1367 miles (2,200 km), over three times the distance between Pakistan capital Islamabad and New Delhi, capital of Pakistan‘s rival, India. The test follows the firing of Pakistan‘s first submarine-launched cruise missile on Jan. 10.

India last year tested a locally designed anti-ballistic missile system, according to media reports, which could in theory intercept a nuclear-carrying ballistic missile.

The latest missile tests are expected to fuel already heightened tensions between nuclear-powered neighbours Pakistan and India.

The countries have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 divided the Indian subcontinent into Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India.

Both countries have routinely tested ballistic missiles since they first became nuclear capable in 1998.