posted on May, 28 2004 @ 03:12 AM
There is a weapon not often talked about...it kills through means of radiation and doesn't destroy buildings or anything else outside of its blast
radius of only a few hundred yards...it is the Neutron Bomb. It emits massive neutron and gamma radiation which can penetrate armor or several feet of
earth, irradiate that armor or earth and kill anyone in that area over the course of days. It's maximum effective range of radiation is three miles.
The United States discontinued production of the bomb in 1978. Production of the bomb resumed in 1981.
By the late 1970s American nuclear scientists had developed the W-70 neutron warhead to be used with the Lance tactical missile.
Used over a battlefield, a one-kilotonne neutron bomb would kill or incapacitate people over an area twice as large as the lethal zone of a 10
kilotonne standard nuclear weapon - but with a fifth of the blast.
A lethal dose of radiation for a human being is measured in rads...the level at which radiation becomes lethal to humas is 600 rads...The Neutron Bomb
is packed with 8000 rads designed to incapacitate on contact with skin.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter halted neutron device production as concern grew over its effects on the arms race.
But according to the damning Cox report into China's nuclear espionage, Beijing's agents had stolen neutron bomb secrets before the decade was out -
the first of many warhead designs targeted by the Chinese.
While the US says it never tested a fully working neutron device, officials believe China tested the technology in 1988.
Mr Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan soon reversed the policy and the W-70 warheads resumed production in 1981.
But does it work?
Only a small number of neutron warheads were produced and Washington never deployed the weapon alongside its other nuclear forces in Europe because of
the surrounding political controversy.
W-70 warheads appear to have been completely scrapped as part of the arms reductions of 1993.
[Edited on 033131p://u22. by Hard Red]