Manama, Jan. 26 (BNA)-- His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Safriya Palace today the Air Chief of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.
The Pakistani official conveyed to HM the King the greetings of Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as their best wishes of further progress and prosperity to Bahrain and its people.
HM the King welcomed the Pakistani military commander and asked him to convey his greetings to the Pakistani President and Premier as well as his best wishes of more progress and prosperity to the Pakistani people.
HM the King took pride in the distinguished level of bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation and their progress in various fields. He also voiced Bahrain's keenness to further boost cooperation with Pakistan mainly in the military and defence field.
HM King Hamad underlined the importance of exchanging such visits and maintaining consultation and coordination to further promote bilateral cooperation for the best interests of both countries. He also discussed with the Pakistani official regional and international issues of common concern.
ISLAMABAD - Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, visited the General Headquarters of Bahrain Defence Forces on Monday.
He is visiting Bahrain on the official invitation of Royal Bahrain Air Force. On his arrival, he was presented with the Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent.
The Air Chief called on Field Marshal Khalifa bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa, Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defence Forces. The Air Chief also called on Brig General Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Commander Royal Bahrain Air Force.
During the meetings, the matters pertaining to mutual professional interest came under discussion. They also expressed satisfaction on the current level of cooperation between the two Air Forces and agreed to explore new avenues to enhance bilateral professional cooperation.
Rahul Udoshi, Bangalore and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
02 February 2015
Pakistan test-fired its Ra'ad (Haatf 8) air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) on 2 February, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement. Source: ISPR
Pakistan successfully tested what it described as the "indigenously developed" Ra'ad air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) on 2 February, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
The 4.85 m-long, nuclear-capable Ra'ad was launched from an undisclosed air platform and was the fifth successful test firing to be announced. All previous tests, the most recent of which was on 31 May 2012, were conducted using an upgraded Dassault Mirage III ROSE aircraft.
The 350 km-range missile enables Pakistan to achieve "strategic standoff capability" on land and at sea, the Pakistan Army said.
Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, director general of the Strategic Plans Division, described it as a major step towards strengthening Pakistan's full spectrum credible minimum deterrence. This is aimed at achieving strategic stability in the region, he added.
The test took place two days after India tested a canister-based version of its nuclear-capable Agni 5 missile, which has a range of 5,000 km.
IHS Jane's Air Launched Weapons describes the Ra'ad (also known as the Hatf 8 or Hatf VIII) as "part of Pakistan's wide-reaching strategic missile development programme that includes short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and ground-launched cruise missiles".
Air Launched Weapons also notes that the Ra'ad bears a resemblance to several proposed South African stand-off weapon projects such as MUPSOW and Torgos, and that Pakistan and South Africa have previously worked together in advanced weapons development. "Kentron (now Denel) has already supplied its Raptor powered glide bomb to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the extension of that relationship to include more advanced weapons would seem to be a logical step," it notes.
The first Ra'ad test launch was announced on 25 August 2007. It was conducted over the Rawalpindi test range. Pakistan television footage showed the missile under a Mirage IIIEA ROSE-1 during take-off and in flight. Missile release and engine start were shown, followed by in-flight filming of the missile. It is not known if this test represented the first flight of the weapon, or was simply a point in an ongoing test programme. A second launch was reported in May 2008, a third in April 2011, and the fourth in May 2012.