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MASSIVE Conventional Blasts - Nuclear Effects Testing

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posted on May, 12 2006 @ 02:44 AM
I have been readin a bit about the upcoming Divine Strake 700 ton ANFO test. I thought 700 tons was a huge amount for a conventional explosion, however as it turns out the US military has conducted tests with HE of thousands of tons.

Here is a great link to all the other US mnassive HE tests.

BELOW The MINOR SCALE Event was a high-explosive test simulating the air-blast effects of an 8-KT nuclear weapon. MINOR SCALE was a high explosive (HE) test sponsored by the Defense Nuclear Agency. It was detonated at 1220 hours on 27 June 1985 on the White Sands Missile Range, NM. The explosive charge consisted of 4744 tons of ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO) poured in bulk into a 44-foot (13.4-m) radius fiberglass hemisphere. The resulting airblast provided the scaled equivalent airblast of an 8 KT (33.44 TJ) nuclear device. The primary objective of the test was to provide an airblast and ground shock environment for Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored experiments.

BELOW On 10 June 1993 Exercise MINOR UNCLE at White Sands Missile Range NM, was a large scale synergistic test on military clothing and equipment. MINOR UNCLE (MU) was planned by the US Defence Nuclear Agency (DNA) to be the last of the large scale conventional explosive events. It was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It had participants from US, UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia. The explosive charge had a yield approximately equivalent to a 4kt nuclear explosion or 2kt of TNT. MU was particulary timely in that regard and allowed extensive discussions with users of a variety of instruments all on the one site.

[edit on 12-5-2006 by mad scientist]


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