The M-388 round used a version of the W54 warhead, a very small sub-kiloton fission device. The Mk-54 weighed about 51 lb (23 kg), with a selectable yield equivalent to 10 or 20 tons of TNT (very close to the minimum practical size and yield for a fission warhead). The complete round weighed 76 lb (34.5 kg). It was 31 in. (78.7 cm) long with a diameter of 11 in. (28 cm) at its widest point; a subcaliber piston at the back of the shell was actually inserted into the launcher’s barrel for firing.
Presidential candidates were asked if the nuclear option would be on the table for Iran, most said yes, but… When people hear the word nuclear, they freak out with visions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the vast devastation it wrought.
I was wondering if there were any of these Davey Crockett bombs type bombs around and why doesn’t a politician, when asked the question about nuke deterrent, explain the difference between this bomb and the big ones? It seems like it would make it more palatable to the American people (that’s gruesome, I know).
Also, it seems to me that if you gave the middle east dictators a demo of these little ones by lighting one off in the desert some place that it would at least give them pause. I’m not trying to start a debate about the politics of this scenario, just mainly want to know if we still have them and why wouldn’t we have them visible in our arsenal?