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Pakistani test launches homemade cruise missile with extended range

The uniquely developed Babur cruise missile has a range of over 900 kilometers, twice the range of previous versions.

The test will take place a few days after longtime rival India has tested its own next-generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni-P. ()

Pakistan has “successfully” test-launched an extended range version of its country-developed Babul cruise missile 1B.

According to a statement on Tuesday, the range is over 900 kilometers (560 miles), twice the distance of previous missiles of the same model.

Earlier versions limited the ability to travel just 450 km (280 miles).

The expanded range of missiles further strengthens the military power of nuclear-armed Pakistan.

The ordinance can attack both land and sea targets with “high precision,” the statement said.

This was a few days after longtime rival India tested its own next-generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni-P.

‘SStrategic deterrence

Lieutenant General Nadim Zaki Manji, who heads the Pakistan Armed Forces’ Strategic Planning Division, addressed the launching ceremony, stating that the test would further strengthen Pakistan’s “strategic deterrence.”

President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and three service directors also congratulated scientists and engineers on the “successful launch.”

The two rivals, involved in decades of arms race, have fought three wars in 1948, 1965, and 1971 since they were split in 1947, two of which are in conflict over the Kashmir Valley. I fought.

Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated Himalayan region, is partially dominated by India and Pakistan and is fully claimed by both.

A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

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