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second strike

The first counterblow of a war. (Generally associated with nuclear operations.)
Translations
Zweitschlag
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It is also simultaneously furthering accuracy of its sea-based second-strike capability, such as ballistic missile submarine (SSBNs) and a ship launch ballistic missile.
In addition, Pakistan's second-strike capability is based on nuclear tipped cruise missiles Babur 3.
The reports of the damage of Indian nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, Arihant, has renewed the debate of nuclearization of the Indian Ocean, and the second-strike capability of Pakistan.
Also emphasized is India's goal to ultimately develop an invulnerable, and lethal, second-strike capability to achieve deterrence.
Second-strike capability is usually touted by makers of hammer-fired pistols who are at the moment swimming against the tide.
Multiplying its second-strike capability through its Minimum Credible Deterrence (MCD), Pakistan will soon deploy a nuclear-armed, submarine-launched variant of Babur, similar to the United States' BGM-109 Tomahawk.
This means developing a reliable retaliatory force, providing anarchists with what is referred to as a second-strike capability.
Moreover, Indian BMD could also tempt Pakistan to work on Multiple independently targetable re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs) or the sea based nuclear deterrent by developing the submarine launched variant on conventional submarine to ensure the survivability of its nuclear forces and to have an assured second-strike capability.
One of the ideas to emerge from this was the concept of mutually assured destruction -- in particular, the importance of second-strike capability -- in which both sides understand that they'll lose in a conflict.
Cruise Missiles and Crisis Stability: Crisis stability is described as a situation where neither side could gain from a first strike based on "mutual assured destruction," where each side would have a fully adequate second-strike capability to deter the other.
India expects to induct its first nuclear-armed submarine later this year, thereby attaining a second-strike capability that will put it on a strategic par with China.
President of the think-tank Zafar Iqbal Cheema said Pakistan had improved its second-strike capability.