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Pakistan aims to develop lighter nuclear warheads: report

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  1. A.Rafay

    A.Rafay ELITE MEMBER

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    WASHINGTON - Expanding its nuclear arsenal at a rapid pace, Pakistan is now aiming to develop smaller and lighter atomic warheads more suitable for use on missiles, Washington based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has said.
    Pakistan is expected to surpass Britain's nuclear stockpiles in a decade, the Journal reported on Tuesday, referring to the rapid development of nuclear warheads by Islamabad.
    "Pakistan has shown clear signs of its intention to grow its nuclear arsenal. Most recently, the country has begun to increase its plutonium production capabilities, with two new plutonium production reactors under construction, as well as a new chemical reprocessing facility," the journal said.
    "The country's increased interest in plutonium demonstrates its likely goal to develop smaller, lighter warheads more suitable for use on missiles. In 2011, Nuclear Notebook reported that, in the next decade, Pakistan's arsenal could grow larger than that of Britain's," it said.
    According to the journal, the global nuclear stockpile stands at roughly 19,000 nuclear weapons — the nuclear-armed states account for an estimated 420 of those weapons, while the nuclear weapon states have the rest.
    "With stocks of fissile material sufficient for an arsenal of up to 200 nuclear warheads, Israel may have the largest stockpile among the nuclear-armed states, while both India and Pakistan each have around 100 warheads," it said.
    "Today, these three countries have the largest arsenals they have ever had. This growth trend among key nuclear-armed states stands in stark contrast to Britain, which, with an estimated 225 warheads, has the smallest arsenal of the nuclear weapon states; its arsenal peaked between 1975 and 1980 with 520 warheads," it said.

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  2. Chak Bamu

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    Have we ever had a discussion about how many warheads we should aim for? Is there are number that is our goal?
     
  3. Ziras

    Ziras FULL MEMBER

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    Speculations based on an 'under construction' nuclear reactor which has yet to start production..
    They are attributing reactor contruction to nuclear weapons only while not mentioning the acute power shortage in Pakistan for which the reactors are beng constructed...
    Good dustortion of facts and typical 'banana journalism'
     
  4. RazorMC

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    1. We already have warheads suitable for missiles.

    2. Paranoia about something that has not happened yet, they're assumptions are about a decade later.

    3. Yeah, compare the threat posed by roughly 420 weapons compared to the 19,000 already present.


    So all in all, a pretty pointless article that promotes unnecessary anxiety about something that is assumed to happen a decade later.
     
  5. Slav Defence

    Slav Defence THINK TANK VICE CHAIRMAN: ANALYST

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    I think that Pakistan should fulfil their predictions!we are in such condition today that we can't afford soft image..we have to potray ourselves as rough and tough people!!!!!!!!!!!!:coffee:
     
  6. Umair Nawaz

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    interesting isnt it.

    How fast west has started to lose its credibility.
     
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    I am sure that KRL is working on it and hopefully they will going to open up much better facility in Balochistan as well as in Sidh too. Ameen.
     
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    INSHAALLAH we all will be seeing more new missiles. I hope Pakistan comes out with ICBM soon.
     
  9. Thorough Pro

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    Cheap tactics to keep Pakistan nuclear program live in the news with all kinds of fictitious facts.