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Monday, 27 May, 2002, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
South Asia's nuclear shadow
News Online examines the relative strengths of India and Pakistan's nuclear capabilities and conventional weaponry

  • Developed in 1998, the Agni II missile is the mainstay of India's nuclear strike force.

  • Utilising a solid fuel propulsion system, it can be prepared for firing within 15 minutes.

  • With a range of 2,500km, the Agni II's range extends deep into Chinese territory. India is believed to be developing a new model capable of travelling further.

  • Pakistan's Shaheen II missile has a range of about 2,000 km, allowing it to hit most Indian cities.

  • Analysts believe it is based on a Chinese design - but do not suggest that Beijing has supplied the missiles to Pakistan.

  • Pakistan also has a number of shorter range Ghauri missiles, which are thought to be able to hit targets within a range of 1,350 - 1,500 km.

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