Report: Israel has close to 100 nuclear warheads

Report: Israel has close to 100 nuclear warheads

A new report reveals that the State of Israel has approximately 100 atomic warheads. Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, but its policy is to neither confirm nor deny having atomic bombs.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that Israel has 30 gravity bombs which can be delivered by fighter jets – some of which are believed to be equipped for nuclear weapon delivery.

Israel also possesses close to 50 warheads that can be delivered by land-based ballistic missiles such as Jericho III, said to have a range of 5,500 km, the report found.

The institute said Israel has modified its fleet of German-built Dolphin-class submarines to carry nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles, giving it a sea-based second-strike capability.

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Some other organizations, such as the U.S.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative, have estimated that Israel has produced enough weapons-grade plutonium to arm between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads.

Nine states are acknowledged to possess nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea.