Skip to comments.Tiny Nukes-- the backpack threat
Posted on 09/14/2001 6:30:05 AM PDT by backhoe
In light of what has happened, I present this for everyone to mull over. Kindly note that this info is readily available to anyone with a search engine & a little patience; nothing confidential is revealed here:
SUITCASE NUCLEAR DEVICES
... the US "two-man rule," the weapon required two commandos to fire it. The "backpack
nuke" was designed to be positioned and detonated behind enemy lines by the ...
... John McPhee. It's about the physicist Ted Taylor, he's the fellow who designed the
backpack nuke I was talking about, if fact he was the chief designer of the ...
Russia's "Lost" Luggage Could Be Deadly - November 1, 1998
... equivalent to 1,000 tons of TNT. A single suitcase nuke, placed in an urban
area, could kill up to 100,000 people and cause enormous physical damage. ...
Russia: US Fears of Hidden "Suitcase" Bombs [Free Republic]
... To: The Chid. Nor, with a "suitcase nuke", would it be an air burst. 12 Posted on
11/11/1999 13:02:26 PST by okie01 [ Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | Top | Last ...
... to Bin Laden facilitated by Clinton cronies; the drive by terrorists to create
the perfect suitcase nuke for use against US cities; and much much more. ...
There was a lot of talk about this in my pre-web days, on talk radio-- I was curious as to what, if any, new news there was on the subject.
You know what I think? I think we know who there people are but we haven't busted them for fear of being called "anti-Arab".
That's what I thought was going to be "first". The danger from smuggled nukes certainly is real. And didn't Lunev mention some buried radio-controlled nukes placed in the U.S. at strategic locations by our good friends in Russia?
The heat from the detonation would destroy the bio agent.
Except for a few researchers, NONE. The vaccinations we got as children in the 50's have worn out.
Smallpox is highly contagious, but does not live long outside the warmth and moisture of the human body. Therefore, the ideal "delivery device" is a martyr. Infect a person, put him/her in a crowded place and you've just started an epidemic.
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15 Posted on 09/28/2001 00:53:15 PDT by Dan Day
And how much damage (radius in miles) could a suitcase nuke deliver?
Max yield of a "suitcase nuke" is about 1 kiloton That's 1/15th the yield of the (relatively small) a-bomb we dropped on Hiroshima.
The smallest US nukes ever made had yields on the order of 0.02 kilotons:
That's about 5 times the power of the OKC bomb, so you could pretty much wipe out any single building or close-spaced cluster of buildings, but you couldn't wipe out all of DC with it. Total damage wouldn't be any greater than that already achieved in lower Manhattan right now.
Something up into the 1 kiloton range would destroy a few city blocks and wreak havoc a lot farther, but still wouldn't wipe out the whole city. You could probably set one on the steps of the Capitol and the White House would be somewhat worse for wear, but easily still standing
It would cause third-degree burns from the direct thermal effects out to about .40 miles, cause a 5psi overpressure out to about .43 miles, and give a 500 rem radiation dose out to about .84 miles. Each of those amounts (third-degree burns / 5psi / 500 rem) represent the "you're screwed" threshhold, basically. So beyond about 1 mile for a 1kt blast, things start looking up considerably.
The "little" nukes are less powerful than most people assume.
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