posted on Apr, 11 2006 @ 01:31 PM
Neutron bombs are defensive, not offensive, weapons. They were designed with the Fulda Gap in mind. They maximize gamma ray penetration and minimize
blast effects in order to destroy troops out in the open and inside tanks while shielded troops in bunkers and civilians in shelters in nearby cities
(read, Frankfurt) would be safe. The idea was, as the Soviet tanks plow through the Gap, the US could stop them with nukes which would have a minimal
effect on nearby cities and its own troops, which would be dug in nearby - unlike normal nukes up to that time which could not be used in such close
proximity to allied forces without degrading their combat ability once they entered the affected area. It was a problem of time and distance- at the
time, NATO's primary weapon against the Soviets, who outnumbered them, was nukes, but there was no nuke (before the neutron bomb) that was suitable
for use with such short distances in mind, or that would be effective against armor distant from ground zero.
They wouldn't have much of a use in Iran, where it would be the other way around, presumably - US troops in the open, advancing, and Iranians dug in
Of course IMO an attack on Iran would be foolish and is unlikely, but that's for a different thread.
[edit on 11-4-2006 by koji_K]