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Pentagon deploys low-yield nuclear weapon for first time

Pentagon deploys low-yield nuclear weapon for first time

The US Defense Department said on Tuesday the Navy had fielded a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead for the first time. Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotons (the same explosive power as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945).

bobby_5150 6 months

Same great taste, half the yield.

CoLpOeSnED 6 months

Soooo like a dirty nuke? why not just use regular missiles?

Tim S
Tim S 6 months

Being a lower yield, the resulting radiation and fallout isn't going to be as bad, meaning that the land is going to be usable far sooner than larger nukes... It'd also be more precise, tactical weapon, meaning less collateral damage, and with enough shielding you'd be able to more safely travel through the affected area far sooner than more traditional, larger nukes. The people complaining about these who style themselves as anti-nuclear weapons clearly have other motives.

John W
John W 6 months

yea it's going to easier to use, so I have mixed feeling about this. as to how radioactive, mostly depends on air burst high up or close to ground. fall out is all the crap dirt etc, that gets radioactive then thrown up in the air. smaller helps and it's also how the make the Nuke. but if you churn up a bunch material that has become radioactive, you have a bunch of radiation regardless.

Plz Don't Bully
Plz Don't Bully 6 months

Reminder that the US is the only country that used nuclear weapons in combat.

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