This capability would provide Pakistan with (partial) second-strike capability
at sea, because short range of the cruise missile and limited endurance of conventional submarine cannot be termed as assured second-strike capability
but still it is considered as a significant development.
The credible second-strike capability
would give the Indian military a confidence to launch CSD or proactive type of operations to deter Pakistan's nuclear response.
The missile gives Pakistan a credible second-strike capability
, ISPR said, adding: "Pakistan eyes this landmark development as a step toward reinforcing the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence through indigenization and self-reliance." Pakistan's president and prime minister congratulated the scientists, engineers and personnel involved in the effort.
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.
Also emphasized is India's goal to ultimately develop an invulnerable, and lethal, second-strike capability
to achieve deterrence.
Since the slide must cycle to precock the striker, there's no second-strike capability
; if you have a dud round, you must eject it and resume firing.
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
. (8) According to Stewart (1967, 8),
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.
President of the think-tank Zafar Iqbal Cheema said Pakistan had improved its second-strike capability
(10) This second-strike capability
defines the baseline for US deterrence capability, but it is not the only option of which US forces are capable.