Michale Peck, National Interest: India’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger
A large arsenal in a dangerous part of the world.
Key Point: India has its nukes pointed at China and Pakistan, two other nuclear powers.
“India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140,” according to Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists. “Nonetheless, additional plutonium will be required to produce warheads for missiles now under development, and India is reportedly building several new plutonium production facilities.”
In addition, “India continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, with at least five new weapon systems now under development to complement or replace existing nuclear-capable aircraft, land-based delivery systems, and sea-based systems.”
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WNU Editor: India is facing two nuclear adversaries, so I do understand why they have nuclear weapons. But I am surprised that their nuclear arsenal is small …. around 130 to 140 weapons.