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US nuclear experts: India modernising its nuclear arsenal keeping not Pakistan but China in mind
India is currently engaged in modernising its nuclear weaponry keeping not Pakistan but China in mind, two top American nuclear experts have said.

Although, since independence India had been focusing on Pakistan while planning its defence strategy, latest turn of events has compelled the country to shift its focus on China.

India is now developing a missile which would be able to target all of China from its bases located in south India, claims an article published in the July-August issue of the digital journal 'After Midnight'.

Hans M Kristensen & Robert S Norris, in the article "Indian nuclear forces 2017" have written that India is estimated to have produced plutonium for at least 120-130 nuclear warheads.

In the article, they wrote: "While India has traditionally been focused on deterring Pakistan, its nuclear modernisation indicates that it is putting increased emphasis on its future strategic relationship with China."

They further say: "That adjustment will result in significantly new capabilities being deployed over the next decade that may influence how India views nuclear weapons' role against Pakistan."

The two nuclear experts estimate that New Delhi is currently equipped with 7 nuclear -capable systems: 2 aircraft, 4 land-based ballistic missiles and 1 sea-based ballistic missile.

According to the experts, India is currently in the process of developing four more systems with long-range sea- and land-based ballistic missiles. These four systems are expected to be deployed within the next decade.

According to the article, India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium which is sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads, however, not all of it has been converted into warheads.

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