India’s biggest weapon in its nuclear arsenal, the controversial ‘Stratospheric’ ballistic missile (SSBM), has been named India’s most powerful weapon by a leading international arms control group.
India has a stockpile of around 4,000 strategic missiles that are based on the same solid-fuel nuclear warheads that it deploys in the country’s submarines.
The Indian army has also used a variety of nuclear weapons including nuclear-tipped land-based missiles and land-launched cruise missiles.
However, the SSBM is the most powerful and most technologically advanced of all the weapons it carries, with a range of over 3,000km.
The missile has been deployed on an intercontinental ballistic missile-launching platform, which is a sub-orbital launch vehicle, and carries a nuclear warhead.
Its main role is to destroy or neutralise targets in a war-torn area.