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originally posted by: Bfirez
a reply to: MALBOSIA
I always wondered how much of the Gulf War Sickness could be related to DU contamination among other things. All the burning oil in the atmosphere probably didn't help either....
Most depleted uranium arises as a by-productof the production of enriched uranium for use as fuel in nuclear reactors and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Enrichment processes generate uranium with a higher-than-natural concentration of lower-mass-number uranium isotopes (in particular U-235, which is the uranium isotope supporting thefission chain reaction) with the bulk of the feed ending up as depleted uranium, in some cases with mass fractions of U-235 and U-234 less than a third of those in natural uranium.
Consumer product uses have included incorporation into dental porcelain, used forfalse teeth to simulate the fluorescence of natural teeth,
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations at 10 CFR 40.25 establish a general license for the use of depleted uranium contained in industrial products or devices for mass-volume applications. This general license allows anyone to possess or use depleted uranium for authorized purposes. Generally, a registration form is required, along with a commitment to not abandon the material. Agreement states may have similar, or more stringent, regulations.
originally posted by: rexsblues
Well unless they figure out a way to fit the A10's minigun in something else, I hope they never retire it, this plane is just too badass...
originally posted by: pryingopen3rdeye
but really we have many many types of ammunition which accomplishes the same feat, armor piercing, we even have toxic ammo which is designed to loose its toxicity in days as opposed to the thousands of years it takes for uranium to decay. the reason we use the uranium for this though is its the cheapest option, is it really any surprise the true reason is money? its always money.
originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: pteridine
Thanks for that post
I was just about to ask that question. So basically depleted uranium is the cheapest heavy material available for munitions.
It terms of supply I can imagine depleted uranium is the most steady heavy material they can get. I'm not sure how much supply and demand effects tungsten but uranium I can imagine is very predictable.
Considering spent uranium has little use other than being a heavy (toxic) material I suppose this is a form of recycling lol.
originally posted by: coldkidc
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter this week confirmed what had been rumored for months: The Air Force's ground attack jet, the inelegant but well-armed and well-armored A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the "Warthog," will not face retirement until at least at least six years....
Air Force to keep A-10 flying
Was reading CNN & saw an article about the A-10 Warthog getting a recent reprieve from retirement.
For the record, I love the Warthog...it's an ugly, mean son-of-a-beotch and by all rights deserves a place in the US arsenal until something that actually does a better job at low-altitude ass kicking can take as much of a beating and deliver as much punch replaces it.
But then about halfway thought the article CNN just casually mentions that we're using depleted uranium bullets...?
Is that a normal thing now?
...A-10 pilots can skim hillsides day and night, under any type of weather, and accurately and punishingly engage ground targets with its powerful 30 mm, seven-barrel Gatling gun, which fires depleted uranium bullets at 3,900 rounds per minute...
For some reason, I thought that was something the world in general frowned upon
Just thought I'd share