The Atomic arsenal to modernise India continues, with an eye on China and the country’s nuclear strategy which focused traditionally on Pakistan now appears to increased place emphasis on the Communist Giant, said by the top two American Nuclear experts.
In July-August an article published issue of the digital journal – After Midnight- also claimed that India is now developing a missile which can target the whole of China its bases in South India.
Enough plutonium is estimated by India to be produced for 150-200 nuclear warheads but has likely produced only 120-130, wrote Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris in the article - "Indian nuclear forces 2017".
India’s Nuclear strategy, which on Pakistan has focused traditionally, now 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.
Its nuclear arsenal to modernise nothing that India can continues with the development of several new nuclear weapon systems, the two experts estimate that New Delhi currently operates seven nuclear-capable systems: four land-based ballistic missiles, two aircraft and one sea-based ballistic missile.
Estimated to have by India is Produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium, sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads; however, not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, it said.
About the nuclear-capable delivery force structure and strategy as based on the available information, we estimate that India has produced 120-130 nuclear warheads.
The two-stage, solid-fuel, rail-mobile Agni-2, an improvement on the Agni-1, which can deliver a nuclear or conventional warhead more than 2,000 kilometres is probably targeted on western, central, and southern China said by Kristensen and Norris.
By Agni 4 in nearly all of China from northeastern India (including Beijing and Shanghai)
capable of striking targets, India is also 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), 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.