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Pakistan Test-Fires New Shaheen 1A Ballistic Missile

by Alexander Smith /  / Updated 
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Pakistan test-fired the Shaheen 1A ballistic missile on Tuesday.Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations

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Nuclear-armed Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile Tuesday capable of hitting targets more than 550 miles away, the country's military said.

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Pakistan test-fired the Shaheen 1A ballistic missile on Tuesday.Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations

The Shaheen 1A has a "sophisticated and advanced guidance system [that] makes it a highly accurate missile system" and is "capable of delivering different types of warheads," according to a statement from Inter-Service Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistani military.

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Pakistan conducted a successful flight test of Shaheen 1A ballistic missile on Dec. 15, 2105, according to its Inter Services Public Relations.Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations

The missile landed in the Arabian Sea after Tuesday's test, the ISPR statement said.

Pakistan has a tense relationship with neighboring India, which also has nuclear weapons.

Following a series of wars in the 20th century, the pair still regularly exchange fire over their disputed border in Kashmir.

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