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second strike

[′sek·ənd ′strīk]
(ordnance)
The first counterblow of a war (generally associated with nuclear operations).
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Technically the best mode of second-strike capability is submarine launched ballistic missile, which neither India nor Pakistan have deployed as yet, Cheema said.
According to media speculation, the new submarines will provide Israel with second-strike capability, in the event that Iran, or any other state, attacks Israel with nuclear weapons.
That's the only problem second-strike capability will resolve.
The report called on Israel to operate a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system as well as establish a second-strike capability.