posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 10:49 AM
reply to post by Big Raging Loner[/url] That's a releif then!
The problem is far more complicated than people imagine. The manufacture of any nuclear weapon or device comes down to choice.
Do you go with a Fission device or a Fusion bomb/warhead?
A fission device uses a trigger mechanism to detonate a quantity of explosives to force fissionable material together and cause a chain
This device is relatively easy to manufacture and in my opinion, requires no testing - provided the device is manufactured to the highest
A fusion device is far more complicated. To trigger the device it requires an implosion to initiate a chain [nuclear] reaction, by
squeezing the radioactive material - a bit like how a deisel motor works.
BUT, in order to manufacture this type of device, the best skilled machinists need to manufacture a sphere of high explosives to tolerances of
thousands of microns in sections.
Each sections must join perfectly. There can be no seams or even the tiniest of gaps because if there is, then your device becomes what is known in
the trade, as a fizzle. (The weapon detonates but the mass does not go critical because all of the explosion is not directed at the radioactive
With all due respect to the Iranians who have brilliant scientists and extremely skilled engineers, i doubt whether they have the skills to develope
such as device.
There is a way round this problem but that is even more complicated. A device can be boosted by the injection of deuterium and tritium in to
the core of the device at the moment of detonation. This releases a surge of high-energy neutrons which boost the fusion energy released.
Most modern weapon designers use this method to increase the fusion and maintain the yield whilst reducing the overall size of the weapon.
So, having designed and built a nuclear device, how do you get it to the target?
Iran has developed a rocket [Safir-2] capable of launching a satellite into space. Good for her!
But used as a nuclear weapon delivery system? No, not anywhere in the near future!
One poster said the Russians would help the Iranians. Well, the Russians have always been closer to Syria. It's the French who love Iran or more
importantly, their oil.
I reckon the French would do anything to get Iranian oil but supply components to help build a nuclear weapon?
Even the French aren't that crazy. Are they?