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Old 03-28-2003, 11:34 AM
Hermann Cheruscan Hermann Cheruscan is offline
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Does the US still have the neutron bomb?

Does the US still have the neutron bomb in its nuclear arsenal? I'm just curious.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:38 AM
Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor is offline
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No, but Australia does.

Yup.

Olivia Neutron-Bomb.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:39 AM
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Don't know, but I found it amusing that in one UK newspaper (the Guardian?) they described the Neutron bomb as "capable of destroying biological weapons without damaging surrounding structures"...

Well, yeah it's accurate, but way to miss the point guys...
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:59 AM
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Don't know, but I found it amusing that in one UK newspaper (the Guardian?) they described the Neutron bomb as "capable of destroying biological weapons without damaging surrounding structures"...
Interesting way to put it.
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Old 03-28-2003, 12:42 PM
DreadCthulhu DreadCthulhu is offline
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That is inaccurate- Neutron bombs do have a good-sized explosion, and they will damage surrounding structures. The main difference between a neutron bomb and a normal nuke is a slightly smaller blast for a lot more radiation.
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Old 03-28-2003, 07:17 PM
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Not in any substantial numbers, if at all. As this 1991 article describes, the neutron bomb was deployed in the 80s mainly in the form of Lance missiles. More specifically, it became the W-70 warhead used to arm them. However, by 1999, when he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, William Cohen was able to say:
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But more has changed in the past seven years than simply my moving my desk across the Potomac. Many of the older weapons in the stockpile are no longer there; since then the W-33, W-48, and W-79 artillery shells, W-70 (LANCE warhead), B-53 (bomb), and W-56 (Minuteman II warhead), all of which had safety deficiencies have been retired, easing my concerns.
Furthermore, this FAS-endorsed description of the current US stockpile doesn't include anything resembling a neutron bomb. The strategic circumstances had, of course, shifted since 1991.

The US does however, presumably, retain the capability of manufacturing such warheads should their possession be deemed advantageous.
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:25 PM
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Don't know, but I found it amusing that in one UK newspaper (the Guardian?) they described the Neutron bomb as "capable of destroying biological weapons without damaging surrounding structures"...

Well, yeah it's accurate, but way to miss the point guys...
I think that description belongs in this thread.
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