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July 9, 2015

Where India and Pakistan stand against each other in nuclear race


(IBN): Pakistan has provoked India yet again. In an audacious statement, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has threatened that the neighbouring country won't refrain from using nuclear weapons against India.Accusing India of waging a proxy war against Pakistan, Asif alleged that there was evidence of the country's support to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch separatists
This is not the first time that such threat has emerged from across the border. Recently when the Indian Army conducted the Myanmar operation, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had said that the neighbour had not developed nuclear weapons to be used on Shab-e-Baraat.
But how serious are these threats from Pakistan? Where exactly do India and Pakistan stand against each other in the nuclear arms race?
According to the latest available information, while India has 90-110 nuclear warheads, Pakistan has a slight edge with at least 100-120 nuke warheads.
The onset of the nuclear race between the two countries dates back to 1974 when India first conducted a nuclear explosive device test, claiming that it was done for peaceful purpose. In no surprise, Pakistan ramped up work on its secret nuclear programme. Both the countries went for public demonstration of their nuclear capabilities with tit-for-tat nuclear tests in May 1998.
However, the nuclear race is merely a part of the larger arms race that both India and Pakistan have been part of. Take a look:
Pakistan Missiles:
TypeDesignationPropulsionRange KMsPayloadNos.
SRBMHATF – 1/ 1A /SOLID FUEL60-80/100500

HATF -2 / SHADOZSOLID FUEL300500

HATF -3/DF-11 / M11 GHAZNAVISOLID FUEL28080035 – 85

HATF- 4 DF-15 SHAHEENSOLID FUEL600 - 800500(?)

HATF-6/M18(?) / SHAHEEN- IISOLID FUEL2000500

HATFV/GHAURI /NODONGLIQUID FUEL1200-1300100012-15

*GHAURI IILIQUID FUEL1700

LACM*GHAURI IIILIQUID FUEL2500-3500

HATF-VII/DH10 /BABUR
700

ALCMHATF VIII / RA’AD
350



India Missiles:
Name/ Alt.Missile /PropulsionWarheadPayloadRangeNos
Prithvi-I/ SS-150Ballistic/ Liquid fuelConv/ Nuclear1,00015075-90
Prithvi-II/ SS-250Ballistic/ Liquid fuelConv/ Nuclear50025025
Dhanush/Prithvi- III/ SS-350Ballistic/ Liquid fuelConv/ NuclearNK350Sh / Sm
Agni- (TD)Ballistic /2StageHybridNuclear1,0001,200- 1,50010 -20
Agni-IBallistic/ Solid fuelNuclear1,000700- 800NK
Agni-IIBallistic/ Solid fuelNuclear1,0002,000- 2,500NK
*Agni-IIIBallistic/ Solid fuelNuclearNK3,500- 4,000
*Agni-VBallistic/ Solid fuelNuclearNK5,000
BrahMos/ PJ10Ballistic/ 2 StageHybrid EngineConv200-300280-300Sh/Sm/Gr/Air
*NirbhayCruiseConvNK1,000 km
*K-15 Sagarika2 stage SLBMConv/ Nuclear600700 km
*ShouryaBallistic/Solid/Canist erisedConv/ Nuclear> 500600 km

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