Pakistan test fires new version of missile

/ Source: The Associated Press

Pakistan test fired a new version of its medium-range, nuclear-capable missile Monday, a top government official said.

The senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the surface-to-surface missile had a range of 180 miles. “All the flight tests went well,” the official said.

It was the third test of the Ghazanvi missile. India has said technology for the missile came from China or North Korea in the 1990s.

It was Pakistan’s second major missile test in the past six weeks. On Oct. 12, Pakistan launched a Ghauri V missile, which has a range of 930 miles and could reach several Indian cities. Officials in Pakistan, however, said the test was not intended as a message to New Delhi.

India and Pakistan routinely test missiles. A government official said Sunday that Islamabad had informed neighboring countries, including India, about plans for the test.

India on Friday test-fired a surface-to-air missile.