Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by daaskapital
The Taepodong-2 can reach a maximum of 5600 statute miles. They might just reach California, but the payload at that range is less than 1100lbs. The
US produced some very small nuclear weapons, but that was after years of experiments and perfecting them. Weapons of that type are probably still
beyond the DPRKs ability to make.
Erm. Well, if it were me, and I had a big, dirty, relatively low-yield weapon, and I wanted to cause the biggest stink EVAR with it, I'd use it in a
different way. I sure wouldn't put one of my very few nukes on a TPD-II, since they're spectacularly untrustworthy, and the weapon design they've
got is likely too heavy for the warhead bus anyway.
Nope, I'd probably do a head-fake, and go for one of those attacks that optimizes the effect of small, dirty weapons.
If you don't have a 'bang' big enough to get the job done by itself, you look for a way to multiply the result. One scenario they teach is the
bay/river method. For example, you could put the thing in Manhattan, and with about 6kT (seems that's about their limit for now), you might damage
10% of the island. But if you put the thing in the water on a boat down near Governor's Island, you would raise a wall of radioactive water that
would smash across south Manhattan, destroying or contaminating everything in the area, in addition you'd put a metric #load of seawater into the air
as spray and vapor which would rain down on the entire area, chock full o' heavy nuclear contamination. The resulting near-area fallout would destroy
anything, so it's effectively destroyed.
This is one method for enhancing the effective destructive potential of crap nuclear weaponry, there are others that work about as well.
If you were going to do it, I'd likely do a lot of saber-rattling, then start acting like I was going to fire a missile while my ship was on the way.
About the time they were in position, I'd launch a missile for the other side of the US, maybe California, and pop, goodbye NYC. While you were
watching for the one thing, you'd get the other.