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WASHINGTON – India and Pakistan appear to be engaging in a new round of nuclear one-upmanship on the size and strength of their respective nuclear weapons arsenals, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
India apparently believes it is lagging behind Pakistan and even China, sources say, and has decided to build up its nuclear arsenal with intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The sources say that India soon will have an intercontinental ballistic missile.
With India and Pakistan next door to each other, it raises the question of what strategic intentions New Delhi has beyond its immediate South Asia region.
In this connection, India also is working on its nuclear submarine fleet, so that it is capable of launching ballistic missiles. Sources say that it will undertake reactor trials for nuclear submarines within a few weeks.
And India isn’t stopping there. It is working on multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV’d, nuclear warheads. They are said to be at an “advanced stage” of development.
MIRV’d warheads can deliver five to seven nuclear weapons to different locations at the same time.
Now, India is up to the development of its latest ballistic missile, the Agni V, a missile named after the Hindu god of fire.
It is apparent that the development of long-range ballistic missiles, such as the Agni V and making them MIRV’d on top of that, suggests that New Delhi’s target is China.
Sources say that Pakistan has warned its close ally, China, that India’s ballistic missiles are within range of China’s cities.
With its MIRV’d nuclear warhead capability, India would be in a position to hit a number of Chinese cities at the same time with one ballistic missile but with multiple warheads on a single missile.
V. KI. Saraswat, director of the Defense Research and Development Organization, or DRDO, that develops missile program, said the MIRV’d missiles will let India cover a “vast” area with nuclear strikes and make multiple strikes against targets “in the event that any activity requires a number of payloads at a required place.”
Saraswat said India has a well-developed nuclear defense policy and command-and-control capability.
“India has a very robust doctrine in these matters,” he said, describing a structured system that controls all parts of the deterrence effort.
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