posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 04:11 AM
I'll now list a few myths regarding tactical nuclear weapons. These myths are common among media noisemakers and among those who still don't
understand they aren't as smart as they want us to believe!
Myth 1) Tactical nuclear warheads have lower yield than strategic nuclear warheads.
The yield of nuclear warheads is independent from its purpose (Strategic/Tactical). There are tactical nukes with 2Mt yields and Strategic nukes with
"only" 100Kt yields.
This means the difference between tactical and strategic nuke is not in the yield, it's something else.
In fact the difference lies in the Communication Command and Control of the deployed warheads, its delivery platform/mechanism and finally its
Regarding the delivery platform, strategic nukes can be delivered only by ICBMs, SLBMs and bombers with sufficient operational range. Tactical nukes
can be employed in the battlefield using fighter jets with limited operational range, short range rockets, torpedoes cannon shells (It is highly
probable that T-14 Armata has nuclear tipped 125mm shells) or "any other possible way"
So the difference in this case lies mostly in the range of the weapon.
Regarding CCC, strategic nukes require presidential authorization and are connected with their authorization system using a reliable and secure
channel. For tactical nukes the authorization comes from a battlefield general or officer. This can be a General or Colonel, but the authority can be
delegated as down as a Warrant Officer, very quickly if needed. Their usage does not require a secure activation channel, because it does not require
any channel. Activation is manual and direct, on the weapon itself.
Finally, strategic nukes' targets are mainly Industrial complexes, communication, power grid, command, control, transport hubs, scientific centers,
large cities and strategic underground facilities. Tactical nukes are mainly used in battlefield against significant advancing grouped forces, but
their retaliatory capabilities against infrastructures or cities of any kind can be as powerful as a strategic warhead.
Myth 2) Limited nuclear war is impossible because it would immediately escalate further
Ask the Iraqis about shock and awe. How many nukes were dropped by the US on Iraq and Afghanistan?
Myth 3) Russia will some day agree to reduce its tactical nuclear arsenal
Russian stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons depends on NATO/EU deployment of tactical forces in eastern Europe. That includes the so-called ABM in
Poland-Romania. The amount of these weapons is exclusively based on how much nuclear firepower is needed to stop any EU attack dead on its tracks, and
quickly retaliate against European cities and infrastructures while not using any strategic nuclear potential.
The strategic nuclear warheads, are and will always be exclusively targeted against US cities, US infrastructure and US forces located beyond the
range of tactical nukes.