second-strike


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sec·ond-strike

(sĕk′ənd-strīk′)
adj.
Of, relating to, or constituting a nuclear-weapons force able to withstand nuclear attack and therefore capable of delivering a retaliatory attack.

second-strike

adj
1. (Military) (of a nuclear weapon) intended to be used in a counterattack in response to a nuclear attack
2. (Military) (of a strategy) based on the concept of surviving an initial nuclear attack with enough nuclear weaponry to retaliate
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In addition, Pakistan's second-strike capability is based on nuclear tipped cruise missiles Babur 3.
President of the think-tank Zafar Iqbal Cheema said Pakistan had improved its second-strike capability.
The subs may provide Israel with second-strike capability, essential for deterring nuclear conflict.
The value of second-strike capability is debatable.
The key to deterrence is a second-strike capacity-the ability to absorb an attack on one's nuclear arsenal and still mount a nuclear response.
To meet its ultimate deterrence objectives -- that is, to deter the most overwhelmingly destructive enemy first-strikes -- Israel must seek and achieve a visible second-strike capability to target approximately 15 enemy cities," the report, presented to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said.