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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Pakistan test fires long-range nuclear capable missile

ISLAMABAD (AFX) - Pakistan yesterday successfully test fired a nuclear capable missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, the military said.

It was the second test firing of the surface-to-surface Hatf VI (Shaheen II) missile, which was earlier tested in March 2005, it said.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz witnessed the test carried out from an undisclosed location.

'The missile test was conducted to validate additional technical parameters beyond those that were verified in the last test fire in March 2005,' a military statement said.

The Hatf VI is Pakistan's longest range ballistic missile system and has the potential to achieve a range of 2,500 kilometers in an advanced version.

'It is a two stage solid fuel missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads with high accuracy,' the statement said.
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