How Pakistan's Ghauri compares with India's Agni missiles

In 2015, Pakistan had test-fired Ghauri-I(Hatf-V), a medium-range ballistic missile, an alleged variation of North Korea’s Rodong-1.

80 billion pounds of thick, black smoke into the Earth’s atmosphere

The report looked at the war in stages. In the first stage, the report said India and Pakistan would use up their "250 nuclear warheads over each other’s cities" killing at least 700,000 people.

The research said the people killed would not just be killed from the blasts but also from the fires after the blasts occur citing Hiroshima in which it said several thousand people died as a result of the fires which came after the bombs were dropped.

The report noted that the war would bring devastating changes in the climate, not just for the two countries but also for the world.

It calculated that an India-Pakistan war would lead to an injection of "80 billion pounds of thick, black smoke into the Earth’s atmosphere blocking sunlight from reaching the ground."


Pakistan's Ghauri-I(Hatf-V)

In subsequent years - 2010 to 2015 - Pakistan tested the missiles four times to bring it to the operational level. In 2015, Pakistan had test-fired Ghauri-I(Hatf-V), a medium-range ballistic missile, an alleged variation of North Korea’s Rodong-1. 

According to the Pakistan Army, Ghauri-I had the capacity to carry up to a 700 kilogram conventional or nuclear warhead. 

India quickly responded firing the Agni-III surface-to-surface missile from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast. It had a range of 3,500km to 5,000km. India's intermediate-range ballistic missile added to the already growing missile race in South Asia.

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Pakistan's Babur Weapon System-1 (B)

In April 2018, keeping up with its missile programme, Pakistan had test-fired an enhanced version of the indigenous Babur cruise missile. The missile according to reports could deliver conventional and nuclear weapons up to a range of 700 km, mostly directed at India.

"Babur Weapon System-1 (B)" incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, the army had said in a statement. 

Although it didn't have GPS navigation but the Pak Army said it sends the missile with "pinpoint" accuracy. According to the Pak army, it was a "force multiplier for Pakistan's strategic deterrence". 

An ISPR video showed the missile cruising and then hitting a target at an undisclosed location. ISPR had earlier announced that Pakistan had conducted test-firing of Babur-3 submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM).

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India will suffer greater casualties

The report says India will suffer greater casualties since its cities are densely populated and it has a much larger population.

In percentage terms, the report says Pakistan’s losses would be about twice that of India. Apart from the devastating loss of lives, it says that radioactive particles would attach itself to the dust particles and the particles would fall out of the atmosphere.

The exposure to radioactive particles would potentially kill several thousand people, it says.


China's warheads

India's missile test comes amid a report by Pentagon last week which said that China is expected to at least double the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade from the low 200s now and is nearing the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad.

The Pentagon said that China has nuclear warheads in the low 200s, the first time the U.S. military has disclosed this number. The Federation of American Scientists has estimated that China has about 320 nuclear warheads.

The Pentagon said the growth projection was based on factors including Beijing having enough material to double its nuclear weapons stockpile without new fissile material production.


India's Anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) 'Helina'

In fact, just days before the terror attack in Pulwama, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the flight test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based missile system on February 11th. 

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said, “The trajectory was tracked by telemetry and radar stations till touchdown. All the mission objectives have been met.”

“The success of SFDR propulsion technology is a significant milestone and will pave the way for the development of long-range air-to-air missiles in the country.”

The Indian Army also "flight tested" the helicopter-launched, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Helina, a version of the NAG missile. Helina reportedly has a range of 7km to 8km.

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India's Agni V intercontinental ballistic missile

India had tested the long-range Agni-V missile in August last year. The new version of the missile has a range of 5,000-5,500km qualifying as an ICBM. The earlier versions - Agni-I to Agni-4, have already been inducted into India's defence force earlier. 

The Agni-V is more geared towards China which India considers a real-time threat than Pakistan. The missile has a nuclear deterrent capability and can reach deep into Chinese territory. 

Pakistan still does not have the range capability of Agni in its arsenal. The surface-to-surface ballistic missile is India's most advanced weapons in the Agni series. It is also capable of launching small satellites.

Once fired, the missile is unstoppable and is known to travel faster than a bullet. 

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India's missile Agni VI

India had conducted the first test of the Agni missile back in 1989, nearly a decade before Pakistan tested its missile. Currently, the DRDO is developing Agni-VI with a range of over 8,000kms. 

The Agni-VI is will reportedly be able to carry 10 nuclear warheads. It will have a range of 8,000 to 10,000 km. It will also be capable of launching from the submarine and from land-based launchers. 

Some reports suggested India has already tested the missile in December last year, however, the defence forces haven't confirmed it as yet. 

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India's Prithvi surface-to-surface missile

India's Prithvi surface-to-surface missile.