posted on Oct, 25 2016 @ 03:28 PM
The W88 also contains tritium, which has a half life of only 12.32 years and must be repeatedly replaced. If these stories are true, it would
explain the reported higher yield of the W88, 475 kilotons, compared with only 300 kilotons for the earlier W87 warhead.
Wikipedia - Thermonuclear Weapon
Man this is interesting stuff to read on. Learned some new terms (esp. 'secret' and 'born secret') and I am way off on the yields of current huge
weapons! I had posted 50 KT but they have single warheads pushing out 475 KT. Geesh, when is enough. enough?
Fission bombs (A-bombs), after Japan, were first "boosted" by adding fusion pellets to create more neutrons to burn the fission material better. Then
they developed fusion bomb. Most of the actual workings are still classified and have not been published or photographed. What is known is on wiki
with a bunch of speculation. Like the "reported higher yield of 475 KT" which may not even be correct!
Most of the radiation is caused by the air being ionized. Since they are exploded above the surface any dirt thrown up is what is also irradiated. And
yeah, that would suck. Glad I live near a military base to just get it over and done with.