Skip to comments.Pakistan makes two nuclear weapons available to Saudi Arabia
Posted on 12/30/2010 11:40:55 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Pakistan makes two nuclear weapons available to Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010, 9:41 AM (GMT+02:00)
With an eye on the nuclear arms race led by its neighbor Iran, Saudi Arabia has arranged to have available for its use two Pakistani nuclear bombs or guided missile warheads, debkafile's military and intelligence sources reveal. They are most probably held in Pakistan's nuclear air base at Kamra in the northern district of Attock. Pakistan has already sent the desert kingdom its latest version of the Ghauri-II missile after extending its range to 2,300 kilometers. Those missiles are tucked away in silos built in the underground city of Al-Sulaiyil, south of the capital Riyadh.
At least two giant Saudi transport planes sporting civilian colors and no insignia are parked permanently at Pakistan's Kamra base with air crews on standby. They will fly the nuclear weapons home upon receipt of a double coded signal from King Abdullah and the Director of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdel Aziz. A single signal would not be enough.
Our military sources have found only sketchy information about the procedures for transferring the weapons from Pakistani storage to the air transports. It is not clear whether Riyadh must inform Pakistan's army chiefs that it is ready to take possession of its nuclear property, or whether a series of preset codes will provide access to the air base's nuclear stores. The only detail known to our Gulf sources is that the Saudi bombs are lodged in separate heavily-guarded stores apart from the rest of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
This secret was partially blown by Riyadh itself. In recent weeks, Saudi officials close to their intelligence establishment have been going around security forums in the West and dropping word that the kingdom no longer needs to build its own nuclear arsenal because it has acquired a source of readymade arms to be available on demand. This broad hint was clearly put about under guidelines from the highest levels of the monarchy.
Partial nuclear transparency was approved by Riyadh as part of a campaign to impress on the outside world that Saudi Arabia was in control of its affairs: The succession struggle had been brought under control; the Saudi regime had set its feet on a clearly defined political and military path; and the hawks of the royal house had gained the hand and were now setting the pace.
I remember reading a few years ago about Saudi building a secret missile base, that was probably from Debka too though...
I guess I have a bit of a higher rating for them . . . realizing they are likely a right arm of major disinfo campaigns.
A Saudi minister remarked a couple of months ago, when asked about Iran and nukes and the region, that the Saudis would ensure their own defense by procuring an off the shelf solution.
Cryptic, not a confirmation, but supportive of this scenario that has been bandied about for a while.
Saudis have financed and their bigwigs have been honored guests at major events of Pak’s nuke program.
DEBKA. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.
If you build it, they will come.
The UAE is ascendant while some American states are descendant
Blame Clinton for giving the missiles to the Chinese and the Chinese for giving the missiles and the nukes to the Paks.
They built their own
Wrong. The Chinese supplied training and the knowledge to the Paks. China’s hedge against the hated Indians.
I’ve followed them for decades daily and most every thing has either been true or middle east true (read between the lines). Certainly better than any other middle eastern news source. Unless one is a fan of MEIRE
It is widely believed that the Saudis funded the Pakis’ nuke program with this type of arrangement as the pay back.
It is not unthinkable that the two aircraft are simply props to a propaganda tale or intelligence misdirection.
I don’t think they finished building the tallest building in the world.
Sheesh, good point!
I don’t think that’s quite accurate.
They paid rather well a lot of foreigners to lead the construction and many to work on the construction.
Citizens IIRC tend to be rather lazy.
Thanks for your kind reply.
REmember it was the flakiest groups who first and most accurately identified who Hitler was, what he would become and what he would do.
Oh, I know.
The sensitive pick up both the beauty and the horror before anyone else, and to a greater degree than anyone else.
And nobody of consequence listens.
Hurray, I am nobody of consequence...
You listen way above average.
The Saudi-Pakistan nuclear connection has been talked about for decades, not years. Debka may be exxagerating as usual, but it’s not without all hot air. The ‘Islamic bomb’ initiative started off in the 70s with Saudi and Libyan funding.
Unless you think Pakistan’s 98 tests were all duds, the Saudis are investing in proven solutions, like they always do.
The ‘al-Qaeda will take over’ line has been used by the Pakistanis effectively. Even GWB talked about it in Decision Points. The Pakistani nuclear programme is very secure as the Pakistani army, is a very professional unit. And Pakistani-Saudi strategic cooperation stretches back decades.
Assuming that the Debka story is credible, your point about Iran dispatching F-14s is a bit far fetched even if we are talking about all out war. For one, there are virtually hundreds of civilian aircraft flying from the Arabian Sea across to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). There’s little chance the Iranians or most nations have the assets to single out Saudi civilian aircraft.
You may want to go research that........