Russia possesses approximately 6,257 nuclear weapons, which it can launch from missiles, submarines, and aircraft. In 2020, Russia spent an estimated US$8 billion to build and maintain its nuclear forces.
2. United States
United States of America has an estimated 5,550 nuclear weapons in either deployment or storage.
According to reports, China is constructing “fast breeder reactors and reprocessing facilities” that will increase its capacity to produce plutonium to support this expansion.
They presently have 350 nuclear weapons.
France tested its first nuclear weapon in 1960 and is one of five nuclear weapons states recognized under the NPT.
It currently possesses the world’s fourth largest nuclear stockpile. They presently have 290 nuclear weapons.
5. United Kingdom
The third country to test a nuclear weapon, It currently possesses four ballistic missile submarines, They presently have 225 nuclear weapons.
They took advantage of the Atoms for Peace program by sending students abroad for training in nuclear technologies.
They presently have 165 nuclear weapons.
On 18 December 2021, India tested its new Agni-P medium-range ballistic missile from its Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island.
A huge step. They presently have 156 nuclear weapons.
Israel has possessed nuclear weapons since the 1960’s, it maintains a policy of nuclear opacity, never officially confirming the existence of its nuclear program.
Official reports states they have 90 nuclear weapons.
9. North Korea
North Korea has a military nuclear weapons program and, as of early 2020, is estimated to have an arsenal of approximately 30 to 40 nuclear weapons In 2022 official reports states it has 50 nuclear weapons.