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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2022

SIPRI Yearbook 2022

VIII. Israeli nuclear forces

Chapter:
10. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2022
Author(s):
Hans M. Kristensen, Matt Korda

As of January 2022, Israel was estimated to have a stockpile of around 90 nuclear warheads (see table 10.9), the same number as in January 2021. This estimate is on the lower end of a possible range that other analysts have estimated could reach as high as 300 nuclear weapons; however, SIPRI assesses that these larger estimates are probably too high.1 Israel continues to maintain its long-standing policy of nuclear ambiguity: it neither officially confirms nor denies that it possesses nuclear weapons.2 This lack of transparency means there is significant uncertainty about the size of Israel’s nuclear arsenal and the yields and characteristics attributed to its weapons.3 The estimate here is largely based on calculations of Israel’s inventory of weapon-grade plutonium and the number of operational nuclear-capable delivery systems. The locations of the storage sites for the warheads, which are thought to be stored partially unassembled, are unknown.

Citation (MLA):
Kristensen, Hans M., and Matt Korda. "10. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 28 Jan. 2023. <https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780192883032/sipri-9780192883032-chapter-010-div1-055.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kristensen, H., & Korda, M. (2016). 10. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2022: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 Jan. 2023, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780192883032/sipri-9780192883032-chapter-010-div1-055.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kristensen, Hans M., and Matt Korda. "10. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2022: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 28 Jan. 2023, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780192883032/sipri-9780192883032-chapter-010-div1-055.xml
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