Nuclear Weapons World Map

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The following map is is a proportional visualization of the total number of nuclear weapons stockpiled by each country of the world (that we know about).

While Russia and The United States stockpile the vast majority of nuclear weapons, any one single nuke could turn our world upside down in an instant.

A full-on nuclear exchange could be entirely over in an hour and a half…


For many logical thinkers, logic may dictate that deterrence of ‘mutually assured destruction’ is sufficient to ensure a good night’s sleep… but who’s to say that all those who have the power to unleash hell are logical and sane? In fact many of the world’s most brutal ‘leaders’ in history have been quite the opposite.

 
Full-size map of world nuclear weapons

The total area within each bar graph segment is proportionally representative to the number of nuclear weapons possessed by each country.
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Inventory of Nuclear Weapons World Stockpile

The following is a nuclear weapons country list of the total number of strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons in their inventory, as best can be determined*.

What are strategic nuclear weapons?

An example of strategic nuclear weapons are those with long range ballistic missiles, a nuclear weapon which is programmed primarily for employment against tactical targets in tactical military operations.

What are non-strategic nuclear weapons?

Non-strategic nuclear weapons typically refer to short-range weapons, including land-based missiles with a range of about 300 miles and air-and-sea launched weapons with a range of less than 400 miles.

 
12,000 (Russia)
9,400 (USA)
300 (France)
240 (China)
225 (UK)
90 (Pakistan)
80 (India)
80 (Israel)
10 (N. Korea)

 
*Data sourced from reports made by two experts, Hans Kristensen and Dr. Robert Norris.

Russian Nuclear Forces, 2010
U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2010
French Nuclear Forces, 2010
Chinese Nuclear Forces, 2010
British Nuclear Forces, 2010
Israeli Nuclear Forces, 2010
Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2010
Indian Nuclear Forces, 2010

 
About Hans M. Kristensen:

Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists where he provides the public with analysis and background information about the status of nuclear forces and the role of nuclear weapons. He specializes in using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in his research and is a frequent consultant to and is widely referenced in the news media on the role and status of nuclear weapons.

About Dr. Robert S. Norris:

Senior research associate with NRDC in Washington, D.C. His principal areas of expertise include all aspects of the nuclear weapons programs of the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

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22 Comments

  1. Well But, I still wonder how much of the nuclear weapons stockpiles is a smokescreen….

    that is, of course sensible folks are concerned about the nuclear weapons we know about, and those we do not know about…

    I also wonder, if it is a bit of a smokescreen, and while we all worry about nuclear weapons, there is much more lethal weapons developed in secret, maybe more easily used, etc etc..

    perhaps (just for example), Area 51 was never about “hiding the existence of aliens”, maybe it was about hiding the existence of much more advanced (lethal) technology…

    was watching some show where they were discussing UFO’s. commentator was discussing how very frequently there were many sensible, respected folks, who gave similar descriptions, etc… They has some illustrations, and CGI models of what some of these UFOs were described as.
    — someone said to me…”gee, maybe the UFOs are / were/ have been advanced military drones. stirring up a UFO fracas would sure have given them cover to fly around the world”..

    mmmm

    I suspect that what the public has been “told” , or allowed to “know” about weapons, nuclear or otherwise / various “craft” / drones / electronic capabilities etc.. are much like an iceberg. What you see is very small proportion of the whole.

  2. I agree that China more then likely has more nukes then we know about. I also agree as was implied that Some of Russia’s nukes/weapons may be phony. They did in fact often parade around huge intercontinental missiles that were empty of rocket fuel and nukes. They still have “enough” nukes to destroy us.

    I know some of what went on in area 51 and it wasn’t generally nuclear in nature. Would it suprise you to find out that a substantial amount of the fissionable material for our nuclear weapons was “manufactured” in a medium sized midwest city. Area 51 is simply the best known “secret” military location in the U.S.

    When I worked at a large USAF MAC base some years back we would get top secret shipments of nuclear weapons. It was a well kept secret except if the weapon had to be off loaded and/or stored temporarily the military police made it obvious because of course they had to guard it and the level of readiness was extreme.

  3. Some of those U.S. nuclear weapons are multi-headed
    e.g A weapon maybe classified as a “1” but have 5 individual warheads.

    1. What you are speaking of is a MIRV , Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicle , the Chinese And Russian missiles have these also . We also don’t verifiably know if there might be space based missile systems , lets also not forget submarine based missiles , these can cut down strike time consideratly , just think if an enemy sub parks say 15 miles off off the east coast , a missile can hit DC in less than 5 minutes , and even quicker if a cruise missile is used . Be prepared and ready. Keep your powder dry.

  4. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

    -Albert Einstein

  5. I think it if funny that America wants no other country to have nuclear weapons yet the United States is the ONLY country to USE a nuclear weapon during war time. Insist that a bit hypocritical? Our government not only wants total control over us but also wants total control over the whole world! If we keep pushing countries like China we will definitely pay the price for our governments actions and who will be the ones to “pay” for their actions, certainly not the rich as they will just go into “hiding” in their bunkers. If our government doesn’t stop trying to run others countries and telling them what to do it will be the average citizen that will pay the price! Granted I agree there should be NO nuclear weapons at all but that insist going to happen. I have to agree with some that say a nuclear bomb wont be dropped on us as if we do go to war on a LARGE scale they want our country intact and not blown to hell and back. It doesn’t make since to me tho about our government trying to run other countries and I personally don’t think we should keep trying to do so. We as a nation need to worry about OUR nation and the problems we have HERE in the USA and not worry about sending our troops and using our money to stop wars that have been ongoing since the creation of man. There is a lot of groups out their that go to other countries to “help” the poor and feed the hungry, yet look how many are poor and hungry, no home and no hope HERE in America! We need to stop trying to be king turd on shit mountain and look to ourselves and our OWN people that need food, clothing,shelter and hope. If we keep pushing countries around there will be a price to pay and I truly believe America will be the FIRST to deploy nuclear weapons as we have shown in our past we will use them if we feel we need to. Our government is like a cheating wife. It says only what we want to hear and plays two people against each other to gain control over both. Our nation used to be the best in the world but no other country tries to gain control of another but us. We have an alligator attitude and we will one day pay the price for our governments actions and like I said it wont be the rich who pays!

  6. Wildbill, so you hate America. What else is new. Two facts: 1. If the U.S. had nukes one year earlier in WW II 5,000,000 lives would have been saved because it would have ended the war earlier. 2. If the U.S. had not used nukes the estimates were that up to 4,000,000 allied fighting men would have died in an invasion of Japan and the Japanese estimated 20,000,000 of their own peopke with most of those being civilians. The U.S. did indeed use the bomb and it saved millions of lives. Just as an armed citizen can save his own life and his families life by being armed. You simply don’t understand who the aggressors were during WW II and who the good guys were.

    1. I don’t hate my country or I wouldn’t have shed blood for it. I merely stated that we are hypocrites in wanting none to have nuclear bombs yet we have many. I agree if we had not used them then more American lives would of been lost but in the same token if they would of used them against us things might of been a lot different. War is a very ugly beast that cannot be tamed and using nuclear bombs in any event is wrong no matter who it is used against as many non military personnel was killed. Were we “justified” in using nuclear bombs? I say no and shame on the good old USA for doing so.

  7. @ Wild Bill…

    I thank God the U.S. has the bomb and military power she holds.
    She is a part of N.A.T.O. and has helped keep the peace from Major
    War.
    The U.S. has helped this planet through Giving MUCH non-military aid…
    Has e volved in being a leader in human rights animal rights and protecting the environment…

    That said…of course she is NOT perfect! She looks out for and protects her own intetests…
    …She has and has had certain leaders in power make descisions that look out for Their Own

    1. NATO was founded after we dropped those two nuclear bombs. The governing of nations was put together as a safeguard against further wars so that as a whole we could defend those non military against military actions. If anything good came form those two nuclear bombs being dropped and all those innocent lives lost NATO was it.

  8. Then I apoligize for misinterpreting your comment. I dislike many of our politicians and their intentions. But I love my country.

    1. Oops. When I looked at the comment it first appeared to be from WildBill. My mistake.

    2. …thats o.k. mate…
      …i love the U.S.
      …just my humble perspective and opinion from someone from a different country….

      …i am Canadian.

      Si Vis Pacem Parabellum

      Be Prepared!

  9. JUST TO ADD SOME INTERESTING FACTS. I UNDERSTAND SOME DO NOT INVOLVE THE CREATOR GOD IN THEIR FACTS. HE HOWEVER HAS THE FIRST FACTS ABOUT OUR FUTURES THROUGH HIS TIME TESTED PROPHECIES. WW3 WILL HAPPEN THERE IS NO DOUBT!! WE HOWEVER DO NOT KNOW WHEN. IT IS PROPHESIED THAT 1/3 OF THE WORLD POPULATION WILL DIE IN THAT WAR. SO MANY OTHER THINGS POINT TO IT BEING VERY SOON.”ALL” BIBLE PROPHECIES HAVE COME TRUE!

    WITHOUT LONG CONVERSATION ABOUT THE EXPECTED ECONOMY COLLAPSE, THERE ARE A FEW ALARMING FACTS. THIS (2015) IS A SHMITA YEAR (YOU’LL HAVE TO GOOGLE FOR THE SHMITA FACTS) SHMITA IS EVERY 7 YEARS ACCORDING TO THE HEBREW CALENDAR. HOW DOES THAT APPLY? WELL SEPT 2001 WAS ONE AND SO WAS SEPT 2008. WE LOST DEARLY THAT YEAR!! WE WILL SEE ABOUT THIS YEAR. ALSO IF RESEARCH IS DONE ABOUT THE RECENT BLOOD MOONS, SOMETHING IS HAPPENING THIS YEAR THAT HAS ONLY HAPPENED 4 OTHER TIMES IN HISTORY. THESE HAVE ONLY HAPPENED ON JEWISH HOLIDAYS WITH GREAT CONSEQUENCES.
    JUST SAYING!!

    1. A bit of advice: It’s difficult to read whole paragraphs that are written in all capital letters. Many people equate this as “screaming” and simply ignore the post. It’s usually better to capitalize a word or a sentence if you are wanting to emphasize something, instead of an entire paragraph. I hope this helps!

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