posted on Mar, 29 2018 @ 07:27 AM
a reply to: sdcigarpig
What was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski were, for all intents and purposes, science experiments. Very destructive and horrible science experiments.
These were not practical military weapons.
Just because the Trinity test proved that the Fat Man bomb should work, didn't mean it would work in a real world application being delivered by
aircraft. It also had no bearing on the Little Boy bomb, though the math said that this less complicated device should work, so they didn't bother
testing it prior to its use.
The first Fat Man bomb had 32 detonators that needed to go off within a millisecond of each other in order to create the conditions necessary for the
bomb to cause a fission chain reaction detonation. The first bomb also could not be assembled in their final configuration until shortly before usage
(before the airplane took off) due to the nature of the neutron generators used.
Some modern weapons use only 2 detonators and can be stored in their fully functional configuration for years without degradation of their yield or
risking that they do not work when they are used. The first bomb did not have these capabilities.
I believe the nuclear test ban treaties were more about preventing other countries from developing nuclear weapons than limiting the US or USSR from
further testing. By the time the test ban treaties were signed, both major powers had the ability to accurately simulate nuclear weapons designs with
computers. They could also simulate existing weapons to see if the stockpile was still viable after long term storage. Almost all modern nuclear
weapons have components that degrade over time and need to be replace regularly to ensure that the weapon will work when it is used. Before the use of
these computers to simulate nuclear weapons the only way to know if a new design would actually work was to test it.
Since the hand cannon was invented and tested in the 13 century, perhaps we should have stopped development? After all, it worked, why continue to
test and innovate? Perhaps we should all be driving in Model T cars? After all, they were a viable means of transportation. Why did we need to
continue to test and develop the car?