New Delhi, July 13 : India is now modernising its nuclear strategy focusing on China, the two American experts claimed, news agency PTI reported.
As per the article published in the July-August issue of the digital journal after Midnight has also stated that India is now developing a missile which can target all of China from its bases in South India.
Report revealed that India is anticipated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium, sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads; however, not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, the article asserted. It has likely produced only 120-130, wrote Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris in the article, titled “Indian nuclear forces 2017”.
“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 PTI quoted.
“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 stated.
Currently, India operates seven nuclear-capable systems including two aircraft, four land-based ballistic missiles, and one sea-based ballistic missile.
“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,” report said.
Mentioning, the striking capability of the Agni-4 which can target nearly all of China from northeastern India (including Beijing and Shanghai), american experts claimed that India is also now developing the longer-range Agni-5, a three-stage, solid-fuel, rail-mobile, near-intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a warhead more than 5,000 kilometres (3,100-plus miles).