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Special terrain hugging low level flight maneuvers enable Ra’ad to avoid detection and engagement by contemporary air defence systems. –photo courtesy ISPR
Special terrain hugging low level flight maneuvers enable Ra’ad to avoid detection and engagement by contemporary air defence systems. –photo courtesy ISPR

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.

The flight test of the cruise missile, which is also known as Hatf VIII, was the seventh since it was first tested in 2007.

It is essentially a flying bomb, generally designed to carry a large conventional or nuclear warhead many hundreds of miles with high accuracy. Modern cruise missiles can travel at supersonic or high subsonic speed.

These guided missiles are self-navigating and fly on a non-ballistic very low altitude trajectory in order to avoid radar detection.

The most common mission for cruise missiles is to attack relatively high value targets such as ships, command bunkers, bridges and dams. The modern guidance system permits precise attacks.

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 missile is approximately five metres long and could weigh up to 1,000kg.

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Special “terrain hugging low level flight maneuvers enable it to avoid detection and engagement by contemporary air defence systems,” the statement added.

Cruise technology is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world.

The president and the prime minister congratulated the scientists and engineers behind the development for their outstanding achievement on the successful flight test of Ra’ad.

Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lt Gen Mazhar Jamil, 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.”

Pakistan today conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) “Ra’ad”. The Ra’ad ALCM, with a range of 350 Km, enables Pakistan to achieve air delivered strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.

Posted by ISPR Official on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Salman Jan 19, 2016 08:46pm

Great news for the nation. We are so proud of our scientists and Pak Army

XoF Jan 19, 2016 08:50pm


Karan sharma Jan 19, 2016 08:52pm

Great work Appreciation from india :)

Tipu Mohammad Jan 19, 2016 08:57pm

Long Live Pakistan. No power on the earth can undo Pakistan.

asif Jan 19, 2016 08:57pm

I have nothing to submit except tears of thankfullness to those on ground & underground. Nation is proud on Armed forces, Enginers & scientists. Our DEFENCE comes first than our poverty. Poverty has NO significance at all.Keep the pace up, up, up, waiting for another splendid success. Congtatulations to every one.

Ali Shah Jan 19, 2016 09:00pm

Not a big fan of too much defence spending but have to admit the cruise missile looks cool

Pravin Jan 19, 2016 09:06pm

Awaiting launch of IRNSS1E tomorrow, a 5th satellite from a series of 7 satellites which is India's equivalent to GPS.

ka Jan 19, 2016 09:11pm


ka Jan 19, 2016 09:13pm


Ayaz Ahmad Guru Jan 19, 2016 09:14pm

@Karan sharma thanks :-o

Satt Jan 19, 2016 09:15pm

Congratulation from India...great work.

Dil Dil Pakistan Jan 19, 2016 09:22pm

Long Live Mother Land.

Abdul Shakoor Narejo Jan 19, 2016 09:25pm

The successful test of the missile is a great achievement of our nation for its capability of deterrence which is the need of time. Congratulations to all the nation and especially the professional engineers and scientists who accomplished the task and included our country in the list of the few countries who possess this technology.

Changez_Khan Jan 19, 2016 09:27pm

Just awesome! Congratulations Pakistan.

Fast Jan 19, 2016 09:27pm

Very good news. It is important to strike a complete power balance in south asia and develop such a nice technology at home. India is buying and we are developing indeginous defence systems.

Mustafa R. Jan 19, 2016 09:29pm


May be Pakistan and India can work together and our cruise missile can use your GPS system.

Faiz Khilji Jan 19, 2016 09:44pm

Congratulations... A step forward to total superiority..

anony Jan 19, 2016 09:56pm

Well done Pakistan. Make us stronger.


Bodlin Jan 19, 2016 10:03pm

Congrats. Proud of your achievement.

Omar Jan 19, 2016 10:10pm

I hope with further research and fine tuning we can increase the range and the accuracy. This will help ensure an effective 2nd strike ability for Pakistan and maintain the peace in the region. Such weapons are useful deterrents in line with Pakistan's official policy. Keep up the good work!

Iqbal Khan Jan 19, 2016 10:13pm

Great news. I hope we never have to use it. War is always bad for everyone.

Indian Jan 19, 2016 10:15pm

All the best Pakistan. Wishing Pakistan all properity and the success in all its technological endeavers. Hoping to see Pakistan a leader of Islamic world. Let every country in south asia rise and gain respect in the world.

Sonny Afridi Jan 19, 2016 10:20pm

Great work! This will entail Pakistan having the ability to strike enemy targets not just by ground or sea but also by air. Once we have inducted submarine-launched nuclear cruise missiles such as the Babur, our nuclear trident will be fully in effect and deployed. The irony of the South Asian sub-continent is that arms ensure peace.

Syed Chishti Jan 19, 2016 10:22pm

Another good achievement in this field. Keep it up Pakistan, this will be used and needed in next show down with enemies of Pakistan in days, months, and years ahead of us.

Omer Jan 19, 2016 10:30pm

@Mustafa R. Pakistani cruise missile uses INS and is independent of satellites' requirement.

Jawad Jan 19, 2016 10:44pm

This technology only developed by a few countries. Congratulations

Sudhakar USA Jan 19, 2016 11:28pm

@Mustafa R. : Not a bad idea. Previous or future colonizing powers should be the target of such joint ventures :-)

Syed H Imran Jan 19, 2016 11:32pm

@Tipu Mohammad except we ourselves and we are certainly trying very hard at every forum, on every platform and in every way.,

goodDeedsLeadTo Jan 19, 2016 11:37pm

As long as Pakistan is strong, fully prepared, it has nothing to worry about anything, because the enemy or even in our daily lives, specially bad bosses mess with only weaker employees, they do not mess with strong employees. Even in our families, family members try to wrap around them the rich and successful family members, even if they distant, under ordinary circumstances not even considered relationship, like third or fourth cousins. Pakistan's threat is corrupt & incompetent civilian leadership.

kashmiri Jan 20, 2016 12:00am

many many congrats from indian occupied u pak

nuzhat shireen Jan 20, 2016 12:29am

we have cruise missile but no schools , hospitals and even clean water for drinking..

AW Jan 20, 2016 01:07am

Weapons of war are the story of yesterday. Today and tomorrow are about knowledge, thought excellence and socio-economic superiority

ahad Jan 20, 2016 01:27am

Im proud as Pakistani, good work team of Pakistan scientists!!

Khwarezmi Jan 20, 2016 01:36am

Looking fwd to ICBM with MIRV technology and sea based underwater deterrence.

Om Prakash Sindhi Jan 20, 2016 01:37am

Love Pakistan. Congrats

issak Jan 20, 2016 02:04am

mashalla have developed locally produced defensive weapons from scratch is a milestone to what Pakistani engineering experts are capable of achieving.....and more ...but this does not mean that having done this is to become overconfident and lax but rather never stop updating the defenses to high levels as enemies who don't have pakistan's best interest at heart would take every advantage to cause chaos. .. .

zee Jan 20, 2016 02:07am

Ask ur politicians for such basic needs to whom u voted by standing in ques

Sachin Jan 20, 2016 02:33am

Congratulations to the scientists and engineers who worked on this.

khanman Jan 20, 2016 03:15am

@Karan sharma thanks, a good gesture via comments, hope there wont be any need of using these weapons against each other.

khanman Jan 20, 2016 03:21am

@nuzhat shireen you are right , but sometimes we just look into one direction and blame a single thing, did any one ever thought to seriously think about population control, no matter how many schools hospital gov develop, the gap will remain constant as need is directly propotional to population growth.more people more demand more requirement more garbage more health my point.? but none is thinking in that direction.

waqar younis Jan 20, 2016 04:40am

a country like paksitan which does not have water, eletricity, gas and petrol does it need missiles or basic amenities like health care, education , sanitation,

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 04:56am

@Sudhakar USA;

' Not a bad idea. Previous or future colonizing powers should be the target of such joint ventures'

How about the current colonizing power in Kashmir.

Shakil USA Jan 20, 2016 04:56am

Congrats. Keep research updated and advance. Proud Pakistani scientists. God bless Pakistan.

Aby Jan 20, 2016 05:04am

@nuzhat shireen I agree. Pakistan is following path of Ussr. Education and progress of society is more important. Pakistan can not pay daily expenses without help from outside world.

Ali (CA) Jan 20, 2016 05:05am

I am so happy to read positive comments from both sides of the border. Let's march toward peace and brotherhood. Peace is the way forward.

Jogi Jan 20, 2016 05:09am

India another cruise missile jointly with Russia . BrahMos-II or BrahMos-2 or BrahMos Mark II (note: not to be confused with BrahMos block-2) is a hypersonic cruise missile currently under joint development by Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation, which have together formed BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It is the second of the BrahMos series of cruise missiles. The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 290 kilometres (180 mi) and a speed of Mach 7 Its top speed will be double that of the current BrahMos-I, and it has been described as the fastest cruise missile in the world

peshawari Jan 20, 2016 05:44am

@nuzhat shireen We would have clean water schools hospitals every thing if we have free and secure country what would you do with all these things when you dont have free country just look at Libya,Syria and Iraq.

Shobhit Jan 20, 2016 06:02am

@Fast I'm afraid you are mistaken, the scale of India's indigenization also huge. Especially Naval Warship design and Army Logistics areas. The best thing is that Private Entrepreneurs are taking baby steps which is encouraging. Godrej (Brahmos), L&T (Kamov & Naval Design) and Reliance are big shots in Defence development in India now. Nevertheless, congratulations.

shenanigans Jan 20, 2016 06:03am

@Syed H Imran go regroup again if your efforts fail.

Shobhit Jan 20, 2016 06:03am

@Mustafa R. We already have a pretty robust Cruise Missile Tech already (Brahmos). But a collaboration is always welcome.

Syed(Australia) Jan 20, 2016 06:11am

Keep building your defence line. Our scientists and Pak Army deserve the credit. Nation need to learn lessons from Iraq and Libya. Do not bow down to the super power pressure. Look after your self God will help you. Pakistan Zindabad Pak Army Paindabad.

Syed(Australia) Jan 20, 2016 06:14am

@nuzhat shireen that is not the job of scientists and army. That is the job of our people who brings this corrupt political parties into power. People should vote for the honest people or should come out on the streets to get their rights. We need revolution and this can only be brought by the people of Pakistan we need change otherwise these corrupt elements will keep ruling us.

Gourav Desai Jan 20, 2016 07:03am

It looks like it was made in China. Why Red?

Sonny Afridi Jan 20, 2016 07:09am

@kashmiri thanks brother we stand by you always

AH Jan 20, 2016 07:19am

@nuzhat shireen This is not the work of scientist and Army. Its the work of civilian govt to reduce poverty, corruption etc...if we can get rid of the corrupt politicians and employ people on merits, you will not find a single man begging for food on the street! For e.g., the recent corruption of a non-politician in DHA lahore land scandal is worth of around 1.6 billion Rs (1.6 million USD). Roughly the same amount has been used by the KPK govt to built one of the biggest flyover in Peshawer in just 5 months. What to talk about the corruption of our politicians. The assets accoumulated by past and present MNAs and MPAs runs to trillions of dollar since Pakistan independence...if that money were used the way it is used in KPK for flyover, Pakistan would stand side by side to Japan in it economy size I would say.

Faruk Jan 20, 2016 07:21am

Well done Pakistan! Congratulations.

Saleem USA Jan 20, 2016 07:29am

@khanman Totally agree

Sadhu Jan 20, 2016 08:53am

@Pravin India reached Mars also. Anyway congrats Pakistan.

rehan Jan 20, 2016 08:53am

Well done, Pakistan :)

Rashid Jan 20, 2016 09:07am

@Pravin My mobile has GPS system too

Naveed Jan 20, 2016 09:09am

@nuzhat shireen Missile and Nuclear program is under the control of Army. Schools, water and even hospital your so called elected Government has to deliver. If your elected representatives are a complete failure, you only have yourself to blame...

Rashid Jan 20, 2016 09:11am

@Gourav Desai Red is a warning signal

wellwisher Jan 20, 2016 09:16am

great.move on and keep moving.

Touseef Jan 20, 2016 09:23am

I would be exploding with pride when we attain means to clean our drinking water, clean our cities, provide basic health and education to at least the lowest paid workforce. That would be the day to be proud of as a Nation.

Salman Jan 20, 2016 09:26am

Wow, Kudos on the engineering achievement!

Ahmar Qureshi Jan 20, 2016 09:29am

BRAVO! :-)

Asjraf Jan 20, 2016 11:12am

Great .....but surely chinese

Ehsan Jan 20, 2016 11:18am

The most common mission for cruise missiles is to attack relatively high value targets such as ships, command bunkers, bridges and dams.

First invest to build these things then invest to target these. I am talking globally.

Mohd. Jan 20, 2016 11:39am

Proud to be Pakistani....

SAQIB UK Jan 20, 2016 11:53am

so is this able to cruise at supersonic or 'high subsonic' speeds ? great achievement nevertheless. Not too sure about the colour scheme though. we should stick with the sand or stone grey colours. they look slick.

WHATS IN THE NAME Jan 20, 2016 12:48pm

Wish these missiles could protect our children in their schools and universities from the terrorists.

S. Lalani Jan 20, 2016 01:09pm

Is it not an irony that our nation feels proud on development of these lethal weapons but does not feel any shame when scores of our children are dying in Tharparkar due to famine!

Murtaza Jan 20, 2016 01:26pm

Tremendous job. Long live Pakistan.......

neutral Jan 20, 2016 01:40pm

The game is likely to continue. From artillery to cruise and beyond.

Ayer Jan 20, 2016 02:25pm

I hope Pakistan realizes the enemy is within ,witness the attacks on innocent students in educational institutions. And cruise missiles will not solve anything for India or Pakistan

Imran ali Jan 20, 2016 02:31pm

against whom ? Terrorist eating the country from inside...

afnan Jan 20, 2016 02:39pm

Dear big boss,,worst happened again in kpk education institiute by afghan based terrorist group well shortly tell me what For these war toys we have ,,just to show on TV?better make a strike with or make scrape of it .

Joe Jan 20, 2016 07:11pm

Great achievement by two neighbors with in two days.One missile and another own GPS system. Congratulations.

Khurram Jadoon Jan 20, 2016 07:12pm

@Karan sharma Great! thank you from Pakistan. -:)

B Jan 20, 2016 09:25pm

Now with these cruise missiles, no need for F-16 fighter planes.

Kapil basu Jan 21, 2016 01:07am

I am an indian but i believe Pakistan is miles ahead of India in terms of technology. Pakistan army is far better than Indian army since its one soldier equals to 100 indian soldiers. Respect from across the border

Logic Jan 21, 2016 11:47am

@Tipu Mohammad Except for Pakistan itself..

A truthful Muslim Jan 21, 2016 06:23pm

Do our neighbours particularly India have such technology?

Sabeen khayam Jan 22, 2016 12:55am

Great work,MashaAlla,but please invent something anything that can save children of nation from those who can't be called human,enough is enough.wailing mothers,grand dads white beard wet with tears,we can't and don't want to see it anymore.we need all our ammunition now ,they are not for decoration purpose,chase them kill them ,to hell with international border restrictions