I’ve got another obscure nuclear weapons question.
That is…are there any estimates (or can anyone help me estimate) the size of China’s first 3 megaton H-Bomb, first tested in 1967?
According to the page on nuclearweaponarchive.org, this is a photo of the weapon, dropped from a Chinese Hong-6 bomber (a copy of the Soviet Tu-16 “Badger” bomber). This was one of only two photos I’ve been able to find online of what’s supposedly a deliverable Chinese nuclear weapon. This BBC page apparently has another, but of a different weapon.
All I’ve been able to dig up online that’s of any help is that the bomb would have been carried internally, the H-6 could carry some 13,000lbs of armament internally, and nuclear-armed H-6es only carried one bomb at a time. From that, and what I know about thermonuclear weapons, I’m estimating the weight at about…8-9 thousand pounds. (Roughly. Could be wrong.)
But I still don’t know what the dimentions of the thing are. Can…anyone help me out?