posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 03:01 AM
Neutron bombs, also called enhanced radiation (ER) weapons, are small nuclear weapons in which the burst of neutrons generated by the fusion
reaction is intentionally not absorbed inside the weapon, but allowed to escape. The X-ray mirrors and shell of the weapon are made of chromium or
nickel so that the neutrons are permitted to escape. Contrast this with cobalt bombs, also known as salted bombs.
taken from here
since im not goning to scan the book i`ve got on teh subject.
basically , the neutron enhanced radiaton weapon is designed to pass through solid objects and effect `peopl`. - BUT
in the case of the M1A1 tank , the DU in the armour would ALSO become radioactive as a product of the high engery wave pasing through it (neutrons are
required to start a fission reaction - so therefore throw a wave strong enough at depleted uranium and you will still get a reaction)
Another type of weapon is the X-Ray enhanced radiation weapon - these were the W71 warhead used in the Spartan , as part of the `SAFEGUARD` ABM system
of the 1970`s. These were around a 5MT warhead , but the secondary was surrounded by GOLD to enhance the X-RAY radiation effect to attempt to
neutralise the incoming ,exo atmospheric wareheads.
But its still a 5 MT warhead with all the blast/heat properties of one just with xray enhancment!
The safeguard site was activated on the 1st october 1975 at full readiness (30 spartans and 70 sprints) , the day after congress voted to shut it down
- the base came off alert on november 18th 1975 and was decommissed february 1976 - the warheads were dismantled in 1995.