Rawalpindi: Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), “Ra’ad,” said the military’s media wing in a statement, reported Dawn.
Cruise technology is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world.
The Inter-Services Public Relations said Ra’ad, with a range of 350km, “enables Pakistan to achieve air delivered strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.”
The ALCM is equipped with highly advanced guidance and navigation system that ensures engagement of targets with pin-point accuracy.
Special “terrain hugging low level flight maneuvers enable it to avoid detection and engagement by contemporary air defence systems,” it added.
Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lt Gen MazharJamil, termed the success a major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability.
He said achievement of “this milestone will surely enhance strategic stability and contribute to peace in the region.”