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NI: After deployment, the Indian missiles Agni-IV and Agni-V will be able to strike at Beijing


An article by journalist Caleb Larson on the Indian nuclear triad was published in the American journal The National Interest. The article is entitled “Why India’s Nuclear Triad Is So Dangerous weapon».

Many believed that hardly anyone needed to clarify the dangers of nuclear weapons, but Caleb Larson decided to do it all the same. At the very beginning of his article, he emphasizes that the danger of the Indian nuclear triad is not a joke at all. And who in general was going to joke with this, the author of the article does not explain.

The material refers to the opinion of the Carnegie Center and explains that the nuclear arsenal of India was formed solely as a possible response to a nuclear strike from the enemy. At the same time, China was considered the main opponent. It is further stated that in 2019, Indian Defense Minister Rajnat Singh actually changed his strategy, saying that India’s nuclear triad remains primarily an arsenal of deterrence, but “if certain circumstances occur in the future, the nuclear strike policy depends on them” .

The NI called the minister’s statement “an example of strategic uncertainty.”

The material further describes the components of the Indian nuclear triad and the means available for delivering nuclear warheads to the target. One of the components remains the Indian submarine fleet with missiles capable of delivering nuclear charges for many thousands of kilometers.

In the article:

To preserve the real threat to China, India is pursuing a strategy to improve its nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. This was often done in tandem with Russia, despite the latter’s partnership with China in other areas related to defense. The Agni missile family forms the basis of the ground nuclear triad. Although Agni-IV and Agni-V are still under development, after deployment, they will be able to strike a successful blow at Beijing, although Agni-II and Agni-III are likely to be able to do it now. The jointly developed Russian-Indian hypersonic BrahMos rocket may also potentially be able to carry a nuclear payload in the future, although this remains unspecific and speculative.

As a result, the author Caleb Larson states that the nuclear triad of India has a set of capabilities that are so far less than China's, but nonetheless very impressive.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 April 10 2020 07: 27 New
    Well, it’s a “blue American dream” to force China to clash with ..., it’s somehow not working with Russia now, but there is India. Well, at least with her ... in order to create as many problems for your competitor as possible. But I really hope for the sanity of the leadership of both nuclear powers that they will not allow such madness.
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U April 10 2020 08: 18 New
      Quote: svp67
      Well, it’s a “blue American dream” to force China to clash with ..., it’s somehow not working with Russia now, but there is India
      I invite Caleb Larson to write out the title "The best propandonjon of the world in the whole world" in the chest!
    2. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer April 10 2020 10: 28 New
      If so, then the first foreign buyer on the C - 500 is already known.
  2. Finches
    Finches April 10 2020 07: 29 New
    One involuntarily recalls the principle of drama, better known as the Chekhov rifle ...
    1. Ravil_Asnafovich
      Ravil_Asnafovich April 10 2020 07: 35 New
      I agree, but the stick shoots once a year.
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 April 10 2020 09: 29 New
        The stick will fire, it will fly to Beijing, kill a million Chinese, and longer what ..? PLA in any situation will enter Delhi, if it wants, 2 weeks after the start of the fighting. China, if there is a serious reason to get into this meat grinder, will fit into it and win with a probability of 100%
        1. TermNachTer
          TermNachTer April 10 2020 10: 32 New
          If nuclear warheads break down, the outcome is not predictable. And the PLA will have a hard time going through the Himalayas. And in terms of population, i.e. India’s mobilization potential is not much inferior to China.
          1. Doccor18
            Doccor18 April 10 2020 11: 13 New
            The Chinese in the Himalayas built a railway line and good highways. About 10 years ago, Indian generals complained that they felt flawed at meetings in Jammu and Kashmir, when they arrived on dusty roads, and Chinese colleagues in representative limousines. The PLA will quickly be able to transfer people and equipment to the place of conflict, and India - ...
            The PLA regularly conducts exercises on the transfer of units of the brigade-division-army for 1000-3000 km. Something I did not hear about similar exercises in the Indian army.
            1. TermNachTer
              TermNachTer April 10 2020 11: 15 New
              How many roads have been laid and how many l / s and weapons are needed to block this road?
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 10 2020 07: 45 New
    article by Caleb Larson
    Thank you for explaining to us Lapotniki common truth that "nuclear weapons is not a joke." Nevertheless, the Americans want to at least mentally see how India will fight with China. And the blue dream is that Russia is at war with Europe, India with China, Japan with the DPRK, Israel is wetting the Arabs ... and they (the United States) are rubbing their hands on this in anticipation of owning what remains of the world.
    1. Blondy
      Blondy April 10 2020 08: 05 New
      Almost anecdotal story: about a month before the "Indo-Pakistani incident" noted by Vysotsky, the States visited the Indians - they were given $ 200 billion, two weeks later the Pakistanis arrived and they were given a couple of fighter squadrons in ready-made packaging. And it began ...
  4. askort154
    askort154 April 10 2020 07: 49 New
    After deployment, the Indian missiles Agni-IV and Agni-V will be able to strike a successful strike at Beijing

    But what about the BRICS ?! Initially, there was a feeling that they created a soap bubble.
    And as soon as the Americans succeeded the president in Brazil, it became even more noticeable.
    China actively supports Pakistan butting with India. "Good" collector gathered.
    APASUS April 10 2020 08: 08 New
    Nuclear weapons are an exceptional argument for deterrence, it’s stupid to hope that you are lucky in a nuclear war, and the serious conflict between China and India is the blue dream of the Americans.
    KVU-NSVD April 10 2020 08: 32 New
    an incomprehensible author gave an incomprehensible commentary on an incomprehensible problem ... missiles can fly within their range of action, everything else is provocation and escalation ... Poplar also got to phasington, and a minuteman to Moscow, but he didn’t check .. Questions of faith, how to say are not discussed
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov April 10 2020 09: 03 New
      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      Poplar got to Fashington too, and the minuteman got to Moscow, but he didn’t check anything ..

      However, the likelihood that India and Pakistan will be checked is orders of magnitude higher than that of Russia and the United States.
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD April 10 2020 13: 05 New
        Quote: Spade

        That is yes. only if they check, then they will start checking everything, it’s better not to start ..
    2. Private-K
      Private-K April 10 2020 09: 24 New
      I agree.
      Tipchik from the “Carnegie Center” (also that desk!) Stupidly fantasizes and escalates.
  7. Grif
    Grif April 10 2020 08: 44 New
    It is not very clear about the Indian triad. Do they have long-range aviation? Does the author generally understand what he is writing about?
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov April 10 2020 09: 02 New
      Quote: Grif
      It is not very clear about the Indian triad.

      In India, they think so.
      Attributing aviation capable of carrying nuclear weapons to the air component.

      Do not forget that in order to reach any point of Pakistan, as the most likely enemy, no long-range aviation is needed.
  8. Peter is not the first
    Peter is not the first April 10 2020 09: 50 New
    God forbid from such "LUCKY" nuclear strikes.
    Even so, the Americans want a conflict to break out somewhere, if only not for them.
  9. Cowbra
    Cowbra April 10 2020 09: 51 New
    In short, a hint of India - the United States merged in the confrontation with China, India, help! And we will drive democracy to you ... On the shovel.
    A good month is for mattress slaves - the USA drag refrigerators with corpses around the cities and beg for handouts from Putin, the USA AUG turned into a pumpkin, the marines are dispersed - there is no money, the oil lobby goes to bow to Russia, in which there is no catastrophe, the training manual is torn to pieces patches, you have to scream with cut roosters that putenhad. Now the magazine, where a member of the editorial board - Kissinger openly declares that against China exceptional help is needed for the backward
  10. Old26
    Old26 April 10 2020 11: 55 New
    Quote: Spade
    However, the likelihood that India and Pakistan will be checked is orders of magnitude higher than that of Russia and the United States.

    I hope that the mind is enough. Moreover, several border conflicts with the hostilities were between them, when both countries already had nuclear weapons
  11. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 April 11 2020 09: 55 New
    It is interesting how India is doing with air defense and missile defense, if not very well, then I do not envy India, as they say, those who live in a glass house should not allow themselves to throw stones.