Guys, we all know that India has nuclear weapons in its arsenal. India has not released any official statements about the size of its nuclear arsenal. But recent estimates suggest that India has 160 nuclear weapons. They have produced enough weapons-grade plutonium for up to 200 nuclear weapons. India has conducted nuclear weapons tests in a pair of series namely Pokhran tests.
India is a member of three multilateral export control regimes:- The Missile Technology Control Regime, Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group. It has signed and ratified the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention. India is also a subscribing state to the Hague Code of Conduct.
India previously possessed chemical weapons, but voluntarily destroyed its entire stockpile in 2009. We maintain a “no first use” nuclear policy. India developed a nuclear triad capability as a part of its “Minimum Credible Deterrence” doctrine.
India has an estimated amount of 160 nuclear weapons. To carry out a strike we need missiles capable of transferring nuclear weapons.
Here’s the list of missiles that are Nuclear Weapons
|Prithvi-l||Short-range ballistic missile||150 Km|
|Prithvi-ll||Short-range ballistic missile||250-350 Km|
|Prithvi-III||Short-range ballistic missile||.350-600 Km|
|Agni-l||Medium-range ballistic missile||700 Km|
|Shaurya||Medium-range ballistic missile||700-1900 Km|
|Agni-P||Medium-range ballistic missile||1,000-2,000 Km|
|Agni-ll||Medium-range ballistic missile||2,000-3,000 Km|
|Agni-lll||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||3,500-5,000 Km|
|Agni-lV||Intermediate-range ballistic missile||4,000 Km|
|Agni-V||Intercontinental ballistic missile||5,000-8,000 Km|
|Agni-Vl||Intercontinental ballistic missile||8,000-12,000 Km|
|Dhanush||Short-range ballistic missile||350 Km|
|Sagarika (K-15)||Submarine-launched ballistic missile||700 Km|
|K-4||Submarine-launched ballistic missile||3,500 Km|
|K-5||Submarine-launched ballistic missile||5,000 Km|
|K-6||Submarine-launched ballistic missile||6,000 Km|
Nuclear Weapon Aircrafts
To deliver them India also needs aircrafts that are capable of holding nuclear weapons.
India’s first and only nuclear-capable strike force until 2003 were Nuclear-armed fighter-bombers. The Dassault Mirage 2000s and SEPECAT Jaguars of the Indian Air Force are able to provide a secondary nuclear-strike role. The SEPECAT Jaguar is able to carry and deploy nuclear weapons and the Indian Air Force has identified the jet as being capable of delivering Indian nuclear weapons. The most likely delivery method would be the use of bombs that are free-falling and unguided.
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