Pakistan’s Nuclear Capabilities & Air Capabilities

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In light of the United States airing its concerns regarding the Taliban gaining control over Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, we thought we would take a look at what exactly constitutes Pakistan's nuclear capability. Do you think Pakistan's nukes are in any danger?

Pakistan: In light of the United States airing its concerns regarding the Taliban gaining control over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, we thought we would take a look at what exactly constitutes Pakistan’s nuclear capability. Do you think Pakistan’s nukes are in any danger? Are they a good deterrent against foreign threats? Lets us Know in the comments!

Basic Facts:

  • Pakistan Tested first nuclear weapon in 1998
  • Pakistan has estimated 140-150 nuclear warheads
  • Pakistan was the world’s 7th state to develop nuclear weapons

Did you know?

Pakistan has the world’s 6th largest nuclear arsenal. By 2025 it will be the world’s 5th largest with 220-250 warheads.

Air Capabilities:

Pakistan’s air nuclear force consists of:

  1. F-16s (24 launches, 1600 km range)
  2. Mirage III and Mirage V (12 launchers, 2400 km range)

The Pakistan Air force has approximately 36 Nuclear warheads.

Sea Capability:

Pakistan has successfully tested a nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile from a submerged platform twice, once in January 2017, and again in March 2018.

Land Capabilities:

The Pakistan Army has approximately 102 land based nuclear missiles. These are included:

Abdali (10 launches, 200 km range)

Ghaznavi (approx 16 launchers, 300 km range)

Shaheen 1/1-A/2/3 (approx 60 launchers, 700-2750km range)

Ghauri (approx 24 launchers, 1250km range)

NASR (approx 24 launchers, 60-70km range)

ABABEEL (approx 24 launchers, 2,200 km range)

Pakistan could have the world’s third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons after the US and Russia within a decade if it continues to build up to 20 nuclear warheads annually, a new report warns.

Nonetheless the build-up of nuclear capacity is striking in the context of efforts to prevent Neighbouring Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

ABDALI-1:

The Abdali-1 is a supersonic and tactical surface-to surface short range ballistic missile designed and developed by the space and upper Atmosphere Research commission, and is named after Ahmed Shah Durrani. It is currently in operational service with the Pakistan Armed Force.

GHAZNAVI:

The Ghaznavi, is a Hyersonic surface to surface short range ballistic missile designed and developed by the National Development complex, with the first version in service with the Pakistan Army’s Strategic command since 2004.

SHAHEEN-III:

The Shaheen-III is Pakistan land based surface-to-surface medium range Ballistic missile. In current service with the Pakistan Army’s Strategic Force command-a subordinate command of strategic plans Divisions. which was first test fired for the first time by military service on 9 March 2015.

This handout photograph released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on December 11, 2015, shows a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile launching from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. Pakistan test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on December 11, the military said, two days after the government confirmed it would resume high-level peace talks with arch-rival India. The military said it had fired a Shaheen III surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads within a range of 2,750 kilometres. AFP PHOTO / HO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS —–EDITORS NOTE—- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / HO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS” —- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Ghauri:

Official code name Haft-5 Ghauri-1 is a land-based surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile, in current service with Pakistan Army’s Strategic Forces command – a Subordinate command of strategic Plans Division.

NASR:

Pakistan leaders have envisioned the Nasr as a tactical nuclear weapon to deter Indian conventional offensives. The single-stage, solid-fueled missile can range 60km in its original form and in 2017, was upgraded to range 70km.

ABABEEL:

The Ababeel is a three-stage, solid fuel medium-range ballistic missile with a reported maximum range of 2,200 km. while the length of the missile is unknown, the swollen nose cone section of the missile is estimated to be 1.7m in diameter.

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