Israel has close to 100 nuclear weapons, a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has found. The international watchdog notes that Israel has a long-standing policy of not commenting on its nuclear arsenal.
According to the SIPRI report, Tel Aviv has 30 gravity bombs which can be delivered by fighter jets – some of which are believed to be equipped for nuclear weapon delivery.
Israel also possesses close to 50 warheads that can be delivered by land-based ballistic missiles such as Jericho III, said to have a range of 5,500 km. Israel has also modified its fleet of German-built Dolphin-class submarines to carry nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles, giving it a sea-based second-strike capability.
The report says that at the start of 2019 there were approximately 13,865 nuclear warheads in the hands of nine countries: the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. 3,750 of them were deployed with operational forces and another estimated 2,000 kept in a state of high operational alert.