Wednesday, April 22, 2015

India's Nuclear-Weapons Program: 5 Things You Need to Know

There is a tl;dr article at the National Interest.

Here is a much simpler summary.

India's nuclear weapons program.

1) How many? - Unknown. Estimates vary from 1-1000 depending on who you ask.

2) How big? - A 45 kT yield (3 times Hiroshima/Nagasaki) has been demonstrated in 1998 in non-weaponized configuration.

3) Why? - Who cares!

4) Will they use them? - Yes - if PM Narendra Modi wants that.

5) Safety? - Rendered unsafe only if PM Modi miscalculates and asks for pits to be inserted into physics packages.