Pakistan: Growing Concerns Over Weakening Full Spectrum Deterrence

India’s procurement of the S 400 Triumf air and missile defense system from Russia has led to widespread concerns in Pakistan over weakening of the, “Full Spectrum Deterrence.” The term was floated after the test of the nuclear tipped, 60 km range Nasr Battlefield Rocket system by the country which was seen as a counter to the Indian Cold Start Strategy, which envisaged launching of shallow conventional attacks by independent battle groups in the wake of a major terrorist attack in India by groups supported by the Pakistan Army/ISI combine. ............The S 400 will thus effectively neutralise known aircraft that are operating or will operate in the Indian aerospace environment as well rockets and missiles as the Nasr. To counter the weakening of the deterrence Pakistan has launched a diplomatic offensive, test launched a missile, planned acquisition of UAVs and cruise missiles from China and kept the threat of terrorist groups as the Lashkar in being.................... [820 Words]

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