Ghauri Missile Test and Pakistan's Security
11 May, 1998 · 89
Ashutosh Misra analyses the status of Pakistan's security in the light of Ghauri Missile Test
Quite perturbed over these developments Pakistani security think tanks have been busy analysing the likely scenario in a war of limited objectives. The recent leapfrog from Hatf-III to Ghauri or Hatf-V responds to some very serious reassessment by
The erosion of Pakistan's confidence in its defences against Indian conventional counter-force attacks creates an imperative for a force of mobile ballistic missiles, perhaps with a larger number of nuclear warheads than is now available. Although mobile ballistic missiles are stabilising in one sense, they necessarily entail a risky devolution of launch authority.
The induction of SU-30s, adding to the existing squadrons of MIG-27s, Mirage-2000s and Jaguars have considerably enhanced Indian strike capabilities to attack
The counter-air offensives of
If Pakistani planners come to the conclusion that their air bases would be destroyed during a prolonged war they possess the almost solitary choice of using ballistic missiles that can be dispersed. The decision to use ballistic missiles would be made by the Army, which has more clout than the Pakistan Air Force in domestic politics.
The Ghauri missile, with an alleged range of 1500 kms, and capable of carrying a payload of 700 kg, is to be deployed at six places along the border with
On the other side, it has been noticed that over the years the tendency in
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