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Title: The Case of the Aging Nukes
Authors: Murthy, M.S.S.
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: AFTER the nuclear weapon tests by India and Pakistan in 1998, no other country has conducted such tests except North Korea in recent years. Most of the nuclear weapon countries have declared “no first use” moratorium. They deploy nuclear weapons only as a deterrent. Under such circumstances, the reliability of the weapon has to be more than 100 per cent to ensure the desired deterrence and also provide national security. However, there is a problem. Some of these warheads are more than 30 years old. Like all engineered systems, nuclear weapons also age and this puts a question mark on their reliability. No system is engineered to sit inactive for years or decades and still be able to spring into action in just a few moments notice. It cannot happen with a car, a TV or even a bicycle. However, that is what is expected of a nuclear weapon.
Page(s): 30-31
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(07) [July 2010]

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