Indo-Pak arsenal clash: Numbers that will remind you how bad a full-fledged war might be
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reminded the United Nation General Assembly on Wednesday that India was engaged in an arms race with his country.
"It (Pakistan) neither wants, nor is it engaged in an arms race with India. But we cannot ignore our neighbour's unprecedented arms buildup, and (Pakistan) will take whatever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence," Sharif said.
Significantly, India purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday.
After the Uri attack that killed 18 Indian army soldiers the diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan is witnessing immense hostility. Both the Indian government and PM Narendra Modi have come under severe criticism for not retaliating with immediate effect.
With each passing day, threats of attacks by either side appear to be getting more and more serious. And this tension remains a concern as both the countries are escalating weaponry, modernising their defence capabilities at a rapid pace.
To get a clearer picture of what sort of destruction we could be looking at - here are some numbers:
- The range of Agni V, India's premier ballistic missile that was test fired in 2012
- The range denotes that India's measures are aimed at China too.
- Pakistan's highest range is 3,000 kilometre (Ghauri, test fired in 1998). In recent years, they are concentrating more on low range missiles, ranging from 70 km to 500 km.
- India's lowest range of missile is 250 km.
Unfortunately, both the countries are racing to stock up their arsenal and keep the other on its toes. Deterrence seems to be the last objective.
Edited by Jhinuk Sen