Shocking Revelation: Pakistan’s Secret Nuclear Arsenal Expansion Unveiled – You Won’t Believe the Numbers!

Despite grappling with a severe economic crisis and many of its citizens struggling to afford basic necessities, Pakistan has successfully maintained its nuclear capability and significantly expanded its nuclear arsenal compared to US estimates from the 1990s.

According to the latest report by the Bulletin on Atomic Scientists, Pakistan is believed to possess more than 170 warheads and is actively enhancing its capacity to produce additional fissile material. This stands in stark contrast to the 1999 US intelligence estimates, which had projected Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal to consist of only 60 to 80 warheads by 2020.

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Furthermore, Pakistan is reportedly producing sufficient fissile material to manufacture between 14 to 27 new warheads annually. The actual increase in the stockpile is estimated to average around 5 to 10 warheads per year.

To bolster its nuclear capabilities, Pakistan has been expanding its fissile material production infrastructure. This includes the expansion of uranium enrichment plants in Punjab’s Kahuta and Gadwal, the establishment of four heavy-water plutonium production reactors in the Khushab district, and the expansion of facilities such as the New Labs Reprocessing Plant near Islamabad and the Chashma complex in northwestern Punjab.

In addition to its fissile material production, Pakistan is also actively developing nuclear-capable missiles and mobile launchers at the National Development Complex (NDC), located in the Kala-Chitta Dahr Mountain range west of Islamabad. The NDC is divided into two sections, with one responsible for missile development, production, and testing, while the other focuses on the production and assembly of mobile transporter erector launchers (TELs) for missile transport and launch. While there is limited public information regarding warhead production, experts speculate that Pakistan’s ordnance factories play a role in this aspect.

Pakistan’s nuclear-capable aircraft include Mirage III and V fighter-bombers, primarily stationed at Masroor Air Base outside Karachi and Rafiqui Air Base near Shorkot in Punjab. There is speculation about a possible nuclear weapons storage site near Masroor Air Base, with guarded underground facilities. Pakistan plans to replace its Mirage fleet with Chinese JF-17s and may incorporate dual-capable Ra’ad ALCMs onto these aircraft for future nuclear strike capabilities.

While Pakistan is obligated to the US not to equip its F-16s with nuclear weapons, there is a belief that these aircraft could potentially carry a single nuclear bomb on the centerline pylon. These F-16s are stationed in proximity to a bomb storage facility in Sargodha.

Shocking Revelation: Pakistan's Secret Nuclear Arsenal Expansion Unveiled - You Won't Believe the Numbers!
Shocking Revelation: Pakistan’s Secret Nuclear Arsenal Expansion Unveiled – You Won’t Believe the Numbers!

On the land-based front, Pakistan currently operates six ballistic missile systems with nuclear capabilities. These missiles use solid-fuel technology and are mobile on roads. The inventory includes short-range Abdali (Hatf-2), Ghaznavi (Hatf-3), Shaheen-I/A (Hatf-4), Nasr (Hatf-9), as well as medium-range Ghauri (Hatf-5) and Shaheen-II (Hatf-6). Pakistan is also actively pursuing the development of two other nuclear-capable ballistic missile systems, Shaheen-III (medium-range) and the Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle (MIRVed) Ababeel.

Satellite imagery analysis indicates the presence of at least five missile bases that potentially serve a role in Pakistan’s nuclear forces: Arko Garrison, Gujranwala Garrison, Khuzdar Garrison, Pano Aqil Garrison, and Sargodha Garrison.

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