Missile Developments in Southern Asia: A Perspective From India
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Missile Developments in Southern Asia: A Perspective From India

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES

APLN Board member Manpreet Sethi discusses new missile developments in Southern Asia. You can access the full report on the International Institute for Strategic Studies site here.
In the last decade the three nuclear-armed states in Southern Asia − China, India and Pakistan − have been engaged in developing missiles that they consider necessary to support their respective deterrent needs. In this paper, Dr. Manpreet Sethi captures capability trends depending on their approach to nuclear deterrence and assesses the impact of missile developments on strategic stability.

Credible nuclear deterrence presupposes the availability and integration of certain essential components that collectively constitute a nuclear arsenal. Delivery systems, deployable across a variety of platforms and of requisite range and reliability, are one such critical element. Accordingly, in the last decade the three nuclear-armed states in Southern Asia − China, India and Pakistan − have been engaged in developing missiles that they consider necessary to support their respective deterrent needs.

This paper identifies recent trends in missile development in the region, focusing on the above-mentioned states. It captures capability trends, considers the differing capability emphasis among the three countries depending on their approach to nuclear deterrence and assesses the impact of missile developments on strategic stability.

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