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Islamabad (AFP) June 5, 2012
Pakistan on Tuesday tested a fifth nuclear-capable missile since India launched a new long-range weapon capable of hitting China just over six weeks ago.
The Hatf VII cruise missile has a range of 700 kilometres (440 miles), can carry conventional warheads and has stealth capabilities, the military said.
It described the "low flying, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability" as having "pinpoint accuracy" and "radar avoidance features".
Tuesday's test was Pakistan's fifth of a nuclear-capable missile since April 25.
On April 20, India successfully test fired the Agni V capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. Each has carried out routine missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
Defence analysts say India's strategic priorities are focusing more on China, while Pakistan is still concerned about its eastern neighbour.
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Off-target Taiwan missile drill damages car
Taipei (AFP) June 3, 2012
A missile fired in an Taiwan air defence drill went off-course, missing its target and damaging a car in a remote village, although no one was injured, the navy and media said Sunday. The incident happened during a live-fire drill at Chiupeng military base in southern Taiwan in March. A marine unit fired one US-made Chaparral surface-to-air missile which successfully destroyed its target ... read more
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