Pakistan stocking 130-140 nuclear warheads, converting F16 to deliver nukes: Report

"This stockpile exceeds the projection made by the US Defense Intelligence Agency in 1999 that Pakistan by 2020 would have 60–80 warheads," the report said.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: November 19, 2016 11:45 am
A Q Khan, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan, Pak, Pakistan nuclear, nuclear, India nuclear, India defense, Pakistan defense, India defence, Pakistan defence “Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal with more warheads, more delivery systems, and a growing fissile materials production industry,” said the report on Pakistani nuclear forces, 2016. (Representational image)

Pakistan is expanding its nuclear arsenal and has developed an estimated stockpile of 130 to 140 warheads for delivery as well as converting some of its fighter jets including F-16s to deliver nukes, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said in its latest report. Authored by Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris, the report says that analysis of a large number of commercial satellite images of Pakistan army’s garrisons and air force bases shows what appear to be mobile launchers and underground facilities that might be related to nuclear forces.

“Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal with more warheads, more delivery systems, and a growing fissile materials production industry,” said the report on Pakistani nuclear forces, 2016.

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“We estimate that Pakistan now has a nuclear weapons stockpile of 130–140 warheads. This stockpile exceeds the projection made by the US Defense Intelligence Agency in 1999 that Pakistan by 2020 would have 60–80 warheads,” said the report released last month.

According to the scientists, with several delivery systems in development, four plutonium production reactors and its uranium enrichment facilities expanding, Pakistan’s stockpile will possibly increase further over the next 10 years.

“Speculation that Pakistan may become the world’s third-largest nuclear weapon state – with a stockpile of some 350 warheads a decade from now – are, we believe, exaggerated, not least because that would require a buildup two to three times faster than growth over the past two decades,” it said.

“We estimate that its stockpile could more realistically grow to 220–250 warheads by 2025, if the current trend continues. If that happens, it would make Pakistan the world’s fifth-largest nuclear weapon state.

“But unless India significantly expands its arsenal or further builds up its conventional forces, it seems reasonable to expect that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal will not continue to grow indefinitely but might begin to level off as its current weapons programmes are completed,” the report said.

According to the report, Pakistan probably assigns a nuclear strike mission to select F-16A/B and Mirage III/V fighter squadrons.

The F-16 was probably the first aircraft in the nuclear role, but the Mirage quickly joined the mission, it said, adding that the F-16A/Bs were supplied by the US between 1983 and 1987.

After 40 aircraft had been delivered, the US State Department told Congress in 1989, “none of the F-16s Pakistan already owns or is about to purchase is configured for nuclear delivery” and Pakistan “will be obligated by contract not to modify” additional F-16s “without the approval of the United States,” it said.

“Yet, there were multiple credible reports at the time that Pakistan was already modifying US-supplied F-16s for nuclear weapons,” it said, adding that there are rumors that Pakistan intends to make the Chinese-supplied JF-17 fighter nuclear-capable.

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First Published on: November 19, 2016 11:38 am
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    Nag
    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    Good achievement stan. We want to PROCURE your Nuclear technology too. Please sent your ISI head and we will sign an agreement for technology transfer.
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      Jayo khan
      Nov 19, 2016 at 10:14 am
      Pm have surgical strike on Muslims pocket in India , auto na rahegaah machar . .na rahegah .
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        Jayo khan
        Nov 19, 2016 at 10:13 am
        Tel No's of nissar sondhe is 9819963379 , having higher influence in NIRA ro
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          Jayo khan
          Nov 19, 2016 at 8:50 am
          The names are Ner sondhe , nissar, khatri, khan in Mira road. Hey pm ji can you rid us from this even Mira road police is with them
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            Jayo khan
            Nov 19, 2016 at 10:29 am
            We Hindus in Mira road ate stay
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              Jayo khan
              Nov 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
              What is ss , bj p doing in Mira road the Muslims laughed at them heatedly . in my sarrounding area some Muslims indulge in narcotics, dance bars ,extortion are least worried of demonetization they say alaah maalik.we Hindus are getting s kre wed
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                Jayo khan
                Nov 19, 2016 at 10:31 am
                we Hindus in Mira road are staying in panic, neither police is helpful . pls cm , pm do something about it
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                  Arun
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 6:43 am
                  Those Countries having nuclear Bombs never ever dared to threaten its neighbor countries using it.But stan has n times threatened India now and then about using its nuclear Bomb if war takes place. Such a irresponsible Rogue country in world.That is why no country thinks Pak is a safe country to travel.It is only a heaven on earth for terrorists.It has given shelter to Osama Bin Laden for 6-8 years and finally he was killed by USA Navy in stan.Pray Allah to give wisdom to both Sharifs ( PM and Army Chief) to be more Sharif with Neighbor Countries and not to get trapped by China.
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                    factisa
                    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:46 am
                    Gujju very busy, got no time...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Gujju collecting billions trillions fromlt;br/gt;housewives,lt;br/gt;old aged,lt;br/gt;savings in cash in house of ordinary indians...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;plus calling people as bkack marketers, smuglers, lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;be rich means very bad thing in india, lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;but his own friends in usa europe adani that all is good.
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                      Murthy
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 8:21 am
                      I have warned that stan will be tempted to use her nuclear bombs against India, on the calculation that India could somehow be prevented from retaliating. The Pak. Generals are cursing the fact that INDIA is so much larger geographically than their country. If India can render useless about four cities in stan, it will be back to Stone Age for the Pak Generals. Even if they survive, their numbered Swiss Bank Accounts they cannot use, because the ID / Access Cards would have been incinerated...
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                        Murthy
                        Nov 19, 2016 at 8:14 am
                        You have the distracted brain of a Modi-hater ?? What does your post have to do with the above report ?? Your country is getting ready for a nuclear armageddon and this is your comment??
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                          mathimathi
                          Nov 19, 2016 at 11:57 am
                          Ask ur shiv link to clean up the radioactive upon Northern Akhand India from Mount Gang Rinpoche in china. we south Indians already had shiva in chola pandya Pallava Period. ic fekuisam bhaktas.
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                            mathimathi
                            Nov 19, 2016 at 11:51 am
                            Radioactive Murthy rightwingHhhh · MVK · factisa · hector · chandana · Dinku Avinash indian are from a northern side Akhand hindustan.???
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                              mathimathi
                              Nov 19, 2016 at 7:03 am
                              DO IT SOON BHAKTA UP TO AN AFGHAN NOW CONTROLLED BY UNDER DONALD Feku
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                                mathimathi
                                Nov 19, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                northern akhand india will be wiped out from world Map via IT..
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                                  Vasudevan M
                                  Nov 20, 2016 at 12:41 am
                                  India and stan should enter into a Regional SALT (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) before the situation gets out of hand. But can stan be ever trusted, given their political instability and irrational and extremest Islamic ideologies without any respect for human life (including their own)?
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                                    madhukar nikam
                                    Nov 19, 2016 at 7:15 am
                                    perhaps you must be a professional bhadwa in stan.....don't worry we will send you stan taliban to take care of your rear window
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                                      Ruchen
                                      Nov 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                      Nuclear weapons should not be used
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                                        Vedic_Citizen
                                        Nov 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm
                                        Keep them embled and activated so that they blowup there and everybody gets 72 whories !
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                                          Venkatesh
                                          Nov 19, 2016 at 8:57 am
                                          This will cost stan a lot, if it continues to build more and more war head, imagine that large number of stockpile of nukes at small geographical area, storing and maintenance cost would pile up to millions. I don't understand what it is up to. United states would definitely be unhappy wherein it will ask for more aid. Increasing war heads will do more harm than good. Good luck
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                                            Swadeshi
                                            Nov 19, 2016 at 6:45 am
                                            Ha..are these China borrowed toys will work when required?..rather India will make a pre emptive strike and extend the akhand Bharat to the Afghan borders
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