a reply to: mbkennel
That may be the truth but it was actually a specifically anti personnel device, yes it would penetrate armour at the level's then used (not certain
it would penetrate the later armour developed based on British Chobham armour under shared technology by the States though, Chobham and whatever the
yank's call there version is a composite/laminate armour and has developed through several iterations since it was invented as well as being used now
by many first world armed forces, the Yank's added a layer of depleted uranium to there version of it with the notion that it could stop or at least
help to mitigate the impact of depleted uranium shell's that the soviet's or any other perceived threatening power may fire at them, I do not know if
the British army uses this addition or the German's army as they both have political reason's not to.
That said though Depleted Uranium while being mildly radioactive itself (and it has been linked to a number of diseases amongst ex service personell
in the states) it is a very dense material with a tightly packed atomic structure and just maybe it would have screened a high enough percentage of an
air burst neutron device radiation to make such a device ineffective.
It was also projected as an anti civilian weapon, remember what one side developed they always assumed the other side also had the capability or had
indeed also developed as like any race they were often seen to be neck and neck which of course drove there paranoia and it was also felt that openly
owning such devices could be regarded as a provocation and could precipitate a more dangerous move in the arms race, we know today that this was bunk
though as the soviets actually lagged the west technologically by quite a way except in there own alternate development's which had followed different
path's such as there radar weapon.
Now you know of course what harmonic resonance is, you cause an oscilation that builds, now in audio circuits a simple demonstration is the high
pitched scream you hear when you take a microphone too close to a loudspeaker and the input is feeding back the output which is then being amplified,
now of course it reached a point were the circuit amplifier can no longer amplify it and on an oscilloscope it is shown to have reached the maximum
level the amplifier can produce of course but in the real world harmonic resonance mean's something else.
Now we all know how oscillations can cause metal fatigue in the metal structure of an aircraft, well you can produce it at a much lower level by
tuning a high intensity radio signal to the inverse complex conjugate of the frequency's that the metal can not absorb, the metal get's hot then it
The Soviets had an experimental radar array in the Ukraine (probably powered by Chernobyl), the idea was to use a long range but relatively normal
strength radar signal or very broad spectrum of radio waves and to transmit them at an incoming target, aircraft, missile, satellite etc then to take
the signal that was bounced back and this provided the necessary wavelengths.
They then took the inverse complex conjugate of this signal and passed this to an extremely high powered emitter (which required a nuclear generator
to produce the high enough levels of amplitude necessary) this was then used to beam this atomic harmonic resonance inducing signal at the incoming
target which would and did on several of there tests actually disintegrate in flight.
Of course that was taking electronic warfare to the extreme's and of course radar absorbent material meant it was a white elephant for them but it
was still a devastating weapon if not a practical one.