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Originally posted by OnceReturned
reply to post by tonycliffs
An interesting technology, but they're not in use. That last one in our arsenal was dismantled in 2011 according to the National Nuclear Security Administration. See their 2011 fiscal year recap, paragraph 3: www.nnsa.energy.gov...
The only other nations known to have built them were France and China, and there's no indication that they still have them in their arsenals. They're complicated and difficult to build, so only wealthy, technologically advanced militaries could ever produce them. Getting rid of them was part of international nuclear disarmarment treaties after the Cold War. If you believe everyone is being honest, there are no neutron bombs in anyone's arsenals.
Originally posted by tonycliffs
Au Contraire....India, Pakistan, China, Russia and South Africa have neutron bombs.
The inventor of the neutron bomb, Samuel Cohen, has criticized the description of the W70 as a "neutron bomb":
" ..the W-70 ... is not even remotely a "neutron bomb." Instead of being the type of weapon that, in the popular mind, "kills people and spares buildings" it is one that both kills and physically destroys on a massive scale. The W-70 is not a discriminate weapon, like the neutron bomb — which, incidentally, should be considered a weapon that "kills enemy personnel while sparing the physical fabric of the attacked populace, and even the populace too."
Three types of ERW were built by the United States. The W66 warhead, for the anti-ICBM Sprint missile system, was deployed in 1975 and retired the next year, along with the missile system. The W70 Mod 3 warhead was developed for the short-range, tactical Lance missile, and the W79 Mod 0 was developed for artillery shells. The latter two types were retired by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, following the end of the Cold War.The last W70 Mod 3 warhead was dismantled in 1996,and the last W79 Mod 0 was dismantled by 2003, when the dismantling of all W79 variants was completed.
Besides the United States and Soviet Union, France and China are understood to have tested neutron or enhanced radiation bombs in the past, with France apparently leading the field with an early test of the technology in 1967 and an "actual" neutron bomb in 1980. The 1999 Cox Report indicates that China is able to produce neutron bombs, although no country is currently known to deploy them.
Efficiency and progress is ours once more
Now that we have the Neutron bomb
It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
But no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home
Originally posted by Aeons
Anyways, thanks for the links. Is there a reason that you put them up today when Mr.Cohen died in 2010?
Originally posted by Starchild23
I remember you posting another thread about cluster bombs being awesome. Bomb Of Fear
Seriously...if we didn't have any bombs, no one would have to worry. Let's get rid of the bloody things, and just hold hands and sing for once in our ingloriously destructive lives! I know, unrealistic...but don't you just get tired of the dying and blowing # up?edit on CMondayam515122f22America/Chicago13 by Starchild23 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Waymarker
Maybe the future lies with 'EMP' (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) bombs, launched on rockets (or satellites) to detonate many miles high to fry computer electronics and communications on the ground below, effectively plunging the target country back into the stone age.