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What, this isn’t called the Ticonderoga?

#2 Looking Bomb Will Soon Be #1



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The B61-12 bomb, described as the most dangerous ever produced, features a tail kit from aircraft manufacturer Boeing which will enable a precision-guided trajectory.

It also has a mechanism that enables an adjustment of the explosive force – ranging from a high of 50,000 tons of TNT to a low of 300 tons - and can be delivered by stealth jet bomber.

Military experts believe the weapon’s accuracy and variable power reduces the risk of collateral damage and potential widespread civilian casualties.

General James Cartwright, the retired commander of US Strategic Command, told America’s PBS News: “If I can drive down the yield, drive down the likelihood of fallout, does that make it more usable in the eyes of a president or national security decision-making process?

“The answer is yes, it likely could be more usable.”

But this has led to a number of former and current senior US defence officials voicing concerns that the precise nature of the weapon could provide a rationale for its future use in conflict.

OK, so they made a variable nuke into a guided glide bomb. That makes sense I’d say. And therein lies a whole can of worms. It makes so much sense that you’d want to use it. All the time!

Nah. As usual, the folks in charge aren’t seeing things properly. If you can make a nuke so precise that it becomes a tactical weapon, then there’s almost no reason for it to be a nuke in the first place. Or perhaps just a teeny tiny one. So tear out the variable power bits, and pull out the extra plutonium that could allow this piglet to be a 50Mt bomb, and just put in enough to make it a 5Kt. Enough to wipe out an airport, or a smaller city, or an aircraft carrier, or a military supply depot, etc. Now you’ve got something fearsome; a nuke that folks are eager to use.

I was hoping that this one had a cool name. Cool names for outrageous weapons are important. Like MOAB, for that giant standard bomb we spent a few billion developing and then never used. And this one could have been easy! Look at the picture! It looks like a pencil. It even says Number 2 on the side! So quick, let’s get the generic trade name for pencil and use that. You know, like Xerox or Kleenex; product names that define the genre. The Dixon! The Ticonderoga! The Pearl! ( Blackwing and Mirado are out because those aren’t yellow pencils ) ... oops, it turns out that, while any cheap ballpoint can be a Bic, and any halfway good one can be a Parker, we have no generic name for a pencil. It’s just a pencil. Or a #2. How about that crap?

Guess we should cancel the bomb program then. No cool name, no new nuke. It’s not like we don’t have plenty of other ones sitting around already. Hmmphh. Well fine. Screw you guys, I’m going home.



Here, have a bunch of links and some graphics (right click for larger versions). Free! WTH, and why not? After all, your friendly government is in the process of spending ELEVEN BILLION DOLLARS to execute this bomb overhaul project. Guess we still have quite a few of the buggers sitting around, what what?


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/nuclear-weapon-obama-most-expensive-ever
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/america-updates-its-nuclear-bombs/
https://engtechmag.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/nato-shows-off-new-steerable-nuclear-bomb-russia-not-happy-about-it-an-annotated-infographic/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L14GMtf8Vwk (drop test video. Spin rocket only burns for half a second, but it’s enough to spin ‘er up)
https://fas.org/blogs/security/2016/01/b61-12_earth-penetration/



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