posted on 11/06/2001 4:40:52 PM PST
posted on 11/06/2001 4:44:16 PM PST
by Earl B.
Isn't it great how one problem tends to solve another? At last--the Navy (and all other services) have a practice range for our bombs that pleases everyone!!!!
Reporters always get something imortant wrong. This guy says that the fuel is released when the bomb is four feet off the ground. It seems from the films of the bomb that the fuel is released 100 or even 200 feet above the ground, and is detonated by the main body of the bomb when IT is about four feet off the ground.
As I recall the US dropped a 15 ton bomb on the Cambodian pirates that high jacked a US Ship back in the early 70's. I don't know if it was the same thing, but it made a big bang even then.
posted on 11/06/2001 5:19:47 PM PST
posted on 11/06/2001 5:27:20 PM PST
"normally dropped from C-130"
Hmmmm?? Maybe that's why a C-130 group has left the Philippines for an undisclosed location??
posted on 11/06/2001 5:39:58 PM PST
Thanks for the article, but I believe it is a pretty significant exaggeration to liken this bomb to a small nuke. I think that the journalist is just overstating the idea of the "poor man's nuke."
If I remember correctly, a small tactical nuke is a 1 kiloton (TNT equivalent) weapon. That's 2,000,000 lbs of conventional explosive. I don't see how a 15,000-lb weapon can be compared to this. It seems to me that between 100 and 200 of the daisy cutters would be required to equal a tactical nuke.
(A medium-sized thermonuclear bomb would be a megaton, i.e., 1000 times as big as a small tactical nuke. A large weapon would be 10 megatons, or 10,000 times as big as the one-kiloton weapon. If my reasoning is correct, a large hydrogen bomb would be a million daisy cutters.)
Are there any munitions experts on FR who could shed more light on this?
posted on 11/06/2001 6:31:43 PM PST
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