Pakistan has successfully conducted a test firing of the multi-tube, indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (aka Babur) to validate the design parameters of the weapon system and a new Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV).

The low-flying, terrain-hugging missile has a range of 440 mi. with high maneuverability, accuracy and radar avoidance features, the country’s military said in a weekend statement.

“The test conducted on October 28 was aimed at validating the design parameters of the weapon system. A unique feature of the missile launch is the support of a new MLV, which will consolidate Pakistan’s strategic deterrence capability and further strengthen national security,” the military says.

The three-tube MLV will enhance manifold times and the targeting and deployment options in the conventional and nuclear modes, according to a Pakistani military official. The missile system also incorporates terrain contour matching, digital scene matching and area co-relation.

“With its shoot-and-scoot capability, the vehicle will provide a major force multiplier effect for target employment and survivability,” the official says.

The missile was first tested in 2005, with a range of 310 mi., and then in 2007 with a range of 435 mi.

Hatf-VII is the only surface-to-surface, subsonic cruise missile in Pakistan’s arsenal that compares with India’s Nirbhay and the U.S. Tomahawk.

India and Pakistan regularly test their missile systems and normally notify one another in advance of such tests.