Sea-based nuclear weapons in Asia

Sea-based nuclear-weapon delivery platforms are set to proliferate in the Indo-Pacific.

Sea-based nuclear weapons in Asia: Stabiliser or menace?

Rory Medcalf

On this day in 1945, the first nuclear weapon was used in conflict, with devastating consequences for the people of Hiroshima. In Asia today, nuclear weapons remain part of the strategic reality, for better or worse.

But calculations about nuclear armaments in the region may be changing, notably with the introduction of Chinese and Indian submarine-launched nuclear weapons. This could have profound implications for whether nuclear weapons continue to help keep the peace or become instruments of instability and catastrophic escalation.

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