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The prohibition on possession and stockpiling

The nine nuclear-armed states – states not party China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States – engaged in conduct in 2021 that was not compatible with the TPNW’s prohibition on possession and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Combined, they retained approximately 12,705 nuclear warheads in early 2022.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about India’s ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant. India was one of the nuclear-armed states that increased their nuclear-weapons stockpile in 2021.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about India’s ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant. India was one of the nuclear-armed states that increased their nuclear-weapons stockpile in 2021. Photo: @narendramodi on Twitter
Possession
Article 1(1)(a) - INTERPRETATION

Nuclear warheads at the beginning of 2022

12,705
Total inventory
9,440
Usable stockpile
3,265
Retired

Usable stockpile, breakdown

3,632
Deployed strategic
100
Deployed non-strategic
5,708
In storage
Global inventory of nuclear warheads compared with global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads
Global inventory of nuclear warheads compared with global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads

Yield
Estimated total yield in MT of global useable stockpile of nuclear warheads (as of January 2022).

Global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads, by type of delivery vehicle
Global usable stockpiles of nuclear warheads, by type of delivery vehicle