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I think it was mainly organ waving that helped develop the really big ones.
Originally posted by inverslyproportional
reply to post by pheonix358
I believe your mistaking atom vs thermo nuclear weapons, one if a really big fire cracker, the other is thousands of times stronger.
They basically use an atomic weapon as a trigger for the thermo nuclear reaction, so basically an a bomb is the primer for a bullet, or fuse for a grnade or artillery round.
But both can be built easily, the hard part is the knowhow, and the nuclear material
Originally posted by ArchAngel_X
"Are Atomic weapons really that hard to build?" I think it depends on what kind of bomb you want...
Thermonuclear bombs can destroy vast areas with the least amount of fallout - which is good if you plan on occupying the area - but take an incredible amount of research and resources to properly develop to a deliverable stage.