US nuclear weapons: first low-yield warheads roll off of the production line (Gee, it's only a "little" nuclear bomb)
January 28, 2019 at 8:15 AM - Views: 49 #17255Mr. Mickeys MomModerator
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Source: The Guardian
The new weapon, the W76-2, is a modification of the existing Trident warhead. Stephen Young, a senior Washington representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said its yield had most likely been cut by taking away one stage from the original two-stage, W76 thermonuclear device.
“As best we can tell, the only requirement is to replace the existing secondary, or second stage, with a dummy version, which is what they do every time they test fly a missile,” Young said, adding that the amount of tritium, a hydrogen isotope, may also be adjusted. The result would be to reduce its explosive power from 100 kilotons of TNT, to about five – approximately a third of the force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
There you go… just a little BOMB, and futures looks good in the MIC…
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January 28, 2019 at 8:29 AM #17256Canoeist52Participant
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For that new and improved Humanitarian Bombing program.
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January 28, 2019 at 9:49 AM #17283NV WinoModerator
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Akin to being “slightly pregnant.
January 28, 2019 at 10:54 AM #17324retired liberalParticipant
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Don’t these idiots realize that this “new” bomb is still nuclear? How many treaties would using one violate?
Oh, I forgot, this is our country doing this, treaties are just pieces of paper in a filing cabinet.
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January 28, 2019 at 12:23 PM #17368sonofspy777Participant
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Tactical baby nukes just make you a little bit dead!
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January 29, 2019 at 2:02 AM #17645doh1304Participant
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Historically reducing the yield of a bomb happens to make it dirtier. Trading explosive force for fallout sounds like a bad idea.
January 29, 2019 at 8:21 AM #17694PunxsutawneyModerator
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Thank you for mentioning that. I was thinking that may be the case. Still starts with the same amount of fissionable material, less maybe some tritium.
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January 29, 2019 at 6:30 AM #17674EnthusiastParticipant
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These are the “battlefield” nuclear weapons Dubya spoke of. A Fascist USA would be invincible with such a weapon.
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January 29, 2019 at 6:59 AM #17679David the GnomeParticipant
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One third the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima… hmm. Considering modern cities and population density, I expect it would do considerably more than one third the damage…
Weapons, generally speaking, are made to be used… these are no exception. Somehow it doesnt seem like this will serve as a greater deterrent than our, uh, bigger bombs.
Imagine if they use these in Syria or Iran – which, in spite of the saber rattling with Russia, is likely the intended target. There… or in Yemen.
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