India modernising nuclear arsenal: US experts

July 13, 2017 11:13
India modernising nuclear arsenal: US experts

Two top American nuclear experts have said that India continues to modernise its atomic arsenal with an eye on China and the country's nuclear strategy which was focused on Pakistan now appears to place increased emphasis on the Communist giant.

An article published in the July-August issue of the digital journal- After Midnight - has claimed that India is developing a missile which can target all of China from its bases in South India.

India is estimated to have produced enough plutonium for 150-200 nuclear warheads, but has produced only 120-130, wrote Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris in the article- "Indian nuclear forces 2017".

India's nuclear strategy, was traditionally focused on Pakistan, now it appears to place increased emphasis on China, the two experts claimed.

"While India has traditionally been focused on deterring Pakistan, its nuclear modernisation indicates that it is putting increased emphasis on its future strategic relationship with China," they wrote.

"That adjustment will result in significantly new capabilities being deployed over the next decade that may influence how India views nuclear weapons' role against Pakistan," they said.

"At least four more systems are in development. The development program is in a dynamic phase, with long-range land and sea-based missiles emerging for possible deployment within the next decade," it said.

"The extra range will allow the Indian military to establish Agni-5 bases in central and southern India, further away from China," the research article said.

By Premji

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