Pakistan has test-fired its first ground-launched cruise missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads.
The Pakistani military says the low-flying missile named Babur, which has a range of about 500 kilometers, was successfully tested Thursday. It did not say where the test was conducted.
President Pervez Musharraf said the Babur missile is superior to neighboring India's Bramos cruise missile, which has a range of 290 kilometers. He vowed to maintain a military balance with rival India in both conventional and unconventional fields, even if India acquires high-technology U.S. weapons like the Patriot missile system.
Pakistani officials say India was not informed in advance about today's test-firing because the recent agreement between them does not cover cruise missiles.
There was no immediate reaction from India, which routinely conducts its own missile tests.