Tactical Nuclear Weapons – New Concept For India?


In response to these tests, there was a lot of cry and hue in India, but the Indian response is not based on facts. Their military strategists, newspapers and scholars reacted very angrily. While on the other hand, any development in the Indian nuclear and conventional arsenal, though seen vigilantly by Pakistan, still the Pakistani strategists do not make noise on any such development; however, they do make it clear to the world powers that Pakistan does not want any arms race. Again, it is essential for them to make it clear that to retain the strategic balance in the region, Pakistan will have to take any step needed to safeguard this balance.

India has long been talking of their Cold Start doctrine and of surgical strikes; India, through this strategy, endeavors to fight a limited war in the nuclear overhang.

Pakistan’s successful test of tactical missiles has buried India’s Cold Start doctrine. The strategic balance was regained. After this, the Indian scholars have opened a new debate on TNWs; they see that Pakistan, after acquiring TNWs, is a threat to the world peace, and that these weapons can be easily available on the shops for the terrorists. After watching many shows, debates and research papers from India, I noticed that there was no historical account by India about how the TNW got birth. They just keep on saying that Pakistan’s TNW capability is an opening of a new chapter.

John P. Rose, in his book The Evolution of US Army Nuclear Doctrine, 1945-1980 says, “During the Cold War, nuclear strategists employed varied definitions of tactical nuclear weapons. These weapons were sometimes defined in relation to their intended use and zone of employment; their yield, range, or designated target; the type of delivery vehicle; or the level of command associated with the weapon in question. A particular weapon might be considered tactical by the United States and strategic by the Soviet Union, or vice versa, depending on its location, range, and intended target. Some writers during the Cold War described tactical nuclear weapons as low-yield weapons that were not meant to cause widespread physical destruction. Instead, they were to be used discriminately against a variety of military targets on the battlefield, including enemy tanks and mechanized infantry, while generating as little collateral damage as possible.”

The tactical nuclear weapons were first developed by the US to offset the Soviet conventional superiority. The other factor which is considered for the development of tactical nuclear weapons was to save money, because after employing these missiles, there is no need for a huge standing army on that particular battlefield; this concept was observed in the Eisenhower administration’s downsizing of army.

A. J. Bacevich, in his book The Pentomic Era: The US Army between Korea and Vietnam, says that tactical nuclear weapons are the “logical culmination of the longstanding historical trend toward fielding more efficient sources of firepower.”

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Discussion15 Comments

  1. The future is a war of economies and not an armed conflict… There is very less chance that a full scale war will ever happen between the 2 countries because it will be economically and politically too costly…

    FYI.. LTTE is not endorsed by majority of the indians.. It is only the tamils, and that too not the entire tamil population endorse the terror outfit.. Dont try to make LTTE a voice of indians… or else I will have to make JI calling the slain TTP leader as a martyr, as the voice of pakistanis.. We both know that it aint the truth..

    • “The future is a war of economies and not an armed conflict… There is very less chance that a full scale war will ever happen between the 2 countries because it will be economically and politically too costly…”

      sorry but u have a very weak grasp of geopolitics. a future war is guaranteed considering where the financial state of the world is presently and where it’s heading.

      and ltte is supported by the indian gov. when someone says that indians support this or americans support that,etc, they are talking about the gov policies and actions of said country’s agencies. that doesn’t necessarily equate to the whole of the said country’s population.

      • Your level of ignorance is staggering… You know nothing about LTTE problem.. The tamils are screaming out on top of their lungs citing examples that the indian government is supporting the Sri lankan government in its fight against the LTTE.. Check the facts before you comment.. The tamils wish the indian government had atleast 1 policy against the sinhalese..

        But I guess you wouldn’t have had the time to check the facts, becos you were busy praying for a war between India and Pak.. Sick people you lot are..

        • yea ok…i’ve done enough research to know that you’re full of crap. everyone knows that the ltte were supported by the indians. it’s not a secret. and indian stooges claiming otherwise doesn’t concern me.

  2. Well done. Now make more and more missiles and warheads. Just remember – spend more on military and less on education.

    And while you were spending on Nasr or any other copy of the WS2, India was sending it’s first mission to the red planet. Successful or not that may be, it shows our priorities….

    But please – test a few more rockets. Oh – and by the way – Pakistan doesn’t really have a warhead small enough for the Nasr. The plutonium warheads haven’t been miniaturised yet….so calm down your wet dreams

    • being the largest arms importer in the world definitely shows where the priority is. but hey don’t let this get u down! i mean u sent a mission to mars right? so that must mean u care for your ppl. you know? the same ones who constitute a 1/3 of the world’s poor.

      • You see.. This is exactly your problem.. You think it is always about pak is it??

        When you remind yourselves of the fact that about an year ago, when the Indian home minister said, ‘our real threat is china and not pak’, you would realise why there are rockets flying into space and why so many arms gets imported..

        And that should give you a confirmation that we care for our people, including the 1/3rd of the world’s poor, as you rightly noted..

        • funny how ure trying to take this convo out on a tangent. this has got nothing to do with whether it’s china or pakistan that is the real threat to india. the fact remains that india is the largest arms importer in the world.

  3. Jokes are being written by our friends in HINDUS-tani newspapers about this nuclear capable small piddly little thing called NASR Hatf with 60km range. They laugh on it stating that Pakis will throw it on themselves; they talk about Agni III with 3000-5000km range monsters which can fly over Pak and land god knows where in some country in CIS or eastern europe; This 60km piddly little thing will, and i repeat WILL, kill mainstream HINDUS-tan army troops, make equipment ineffective, create a nuclear wall behind HINDUS-tan troops, negate supply of logistics support, and of course get their HINDUS-tani troops slaughtered; This piddly little thing is a monster which can make you HINDUS-tan armed forces beg for mercy; Ask your HINDUS-tani troops officers who may have some iota of brains, they will tell you what monster they have to face in case of their adventure; So once PAK has these in hundreds, Happy Hunting of enemy troops and good luck to PAK Armed forces;

  4. Since early 2000, one of the high-priority goals was to miniaturise these nukes to the point that the delivery system is not a rocket, but a small brief-case (quoted as an example). This ability was achieved in 2009.

    Imagine not having the need to send these nukes flying across the border, but have small nukes strategically placed within different key target locations in India, well before hand.

    We all saw how easily a handful of CIA sponsored mercenaries stormed Mumbai not so long ago. Imagine how many of such miniaturised nukes have already been placed in India.

  5. HINDUS-tani??? Please remember India is not a Hindu country but a secular country. You may keep highlighting hindu hindu to keep your nation united coz thats the only thing that can keep the fragmented pakistan united.

    India’s defence are not Pak centric at all but its more China centric. Indian nuclear program dates back to pre-independence but India’s nuclear weapon program started after 1962. AGNI missiles are another example as India would like the farthest chinese land under its target. INS Vikramaditya will not serve any purpose towards Pakistan. Its tragic that Pakistan assumes every act by India to be against it. We fail to understand this paranoid behaviour of Pakistan.

    India claims Aksai Chin thats with china and China claims Arunachal Pradesh thats with India yet the two nations maturely handle the bilateral issues whereas India had fought 4 wars and several skirmishes with Pakistan.

    India only fears(?) Pkistan sponsored terrorism for it targets innocent people. Pakistan can only win against India by sponsoring terrorism like it did in Punjab, Kashmir, Mumbai and elsewhere. The reason being India will never resort to terrorism.

  6. Regarding LTTE in Srilanka, ask any Indian about it and you wont find anyone supporting it except for a miniscule tamil politicians in Tamilnadu.

    Also I am surprized that the article says that Pakistan is not having friendly relations with any neighbours except china. What about IRAN?

  7. India’s nuclear research dates back to pre independence. But after 1962 war with china and its nuclear explosion in 1964 made india go for nuclear weapons. India’s stand is very clear that it will never be the first country to use the nuclear weapon. And when India is not going to use it in a battle then there is nothing like tactical nuclear weapons. Indian strategists, while planning for war strategy, keep the nuclear arsenal out of it.

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