Here’s The 9 Countries With The Largest Nuclear Warheads

Russia ranked first in nuclear weapons inventory with approximately 7,000 nuclear warheads, according to an analysis conducted by the CEOWORLD magazine using data provided by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI. 2,700 of them are retired and 4,300 are deployed.

As of July, North Korea, ranked 9th on the list, was thought to have the material for a maximum of 20 warheads. In total, ,ine nations have or are believed to have nuclear warheads, according to the Arms Control Association: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Pakistan, India, China, and North Korea.

North Korea aside, the other nuclear powers have between 80 and 300 warheads each, and 1,135 in total. Russia and the United States share 93% of the world’s nuclear warheads

Here’s what you need to know about the 9 countries with the largest nuclear stockpiles:

  1. Russia
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 7,000 warheads (4,300 active warheads + 2,700 retired warheads)
    Year of first nuclear test: 1949
    Military spending: $69.25 billion
    GDP: $1.37 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: YES
  2. United States
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 6,800 warheads (4,000 active warheads + 2,800 retired warheads)
    Year of first nuclear test: 1945
    Military spending: $611.19 billion
    GDP: $18.04 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: YES
  3. France
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 300 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: 1960
    Military spending: $55.75 billion
    GDP: $2.42 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: NO
  4. China
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 270 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: 1964
    Military spending: $215.18 billion
    GDP: $11.06 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: YES
  5. United Kingdom
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 215 warheads (120 operational warheads + an estimated 95 in storage)
    Year of first nuclear test: 1952
    Military spending: $48.25 billion
    GDP: $2.86 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: NO
  6. Pakistan
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 130-140 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: 1998
    Military spending: $10.06 billion
    GDP: $271.05 billion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): NO
    Nuclear triad: NO
  7. India
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 120-130 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: 1974
    Military spending: $55.92 billion
    GDP: $2.09 trillion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: YES
  8. Israel
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 80 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: N/A
    Military spending: $17.98 billion
    GDP: $299.42 billion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): YES
    Nuclear triad: suspected of testing, Israel does not officially acknowledge their nuclear arsenal, and so is only a suspect triad state.
  9. North Korea
    Nuclear stockpile: approximately 10-20 warheads
    Year of first nuclear test: 2006
    Military spending: approximately $10 billion
    GDP: approximately $50 billion
    Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM): thought to have
    Nuclear triad: NO
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women.
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