Russian army tests the father of all bombs

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Russian army 'tests the father of all bombs'
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Russia has delivered a belligerent message of defiance to the West after army generals claimed to have tested "the father of all bombs".

Developed in secret, the unchristened bomb, a vacuum device capable of emitting shockwaves as powerful as a nuclear weapon, was unveiled with great theatre on state television's main evening broadcast.

Boasting that the weapon had "no match in the world," ORT First Channel television showed a Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber dropping its payload over a testing ground, followed by a massive explosion.

Pictures of what appeared to be crumpled multi-storey apartment blocks were also broadcast.

Although there was no independent verification of the Russian military's claim, the test is likely to cause further consternation in the West after a series of bellicose statements by the president, Vladimir Putin.

According to Russian generals, the bomb is four times more powerful than the American Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb or MOAB.
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Better known as the Mother of All Bombs, the MOAB is a descendent of the BLU-82 Daisy cutter used in Tora Bora during the war against the Taliban in 2001.

Although it has never been used, the US military says the MOAB is capable of destroying nine city blocks in one strike.

According to Gen Alexander Rushkin, the Russian deputy chief of staff, the new bomb is smaller than the MOAB but much deadlier because, due to nanotechnology, the temperature at the epicentre of the blast is twice as high.

"Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon," he said.

"The main destruction is inflicted by an ultrasonic shockwave and an incredibly high temperature," ORT added.

"All that is alive merely evaporates."

Despite its destructive qualities, the bomb is environmentally friendly, Gen Rushkin said.
Just as long as you're no where near it when it detonates 8O
 
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Pretty interesting this whole vacuum bomb thing.

Can anybody explain the concept behind it in an elementary way so even I can understand?

Cheers
 
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Devil_Dog said:
Pretty interesting this whole vacuum bomb thing.

Can anybody explain the concept behind it in an elementary way so even I can understand?

Cheers
Reportedly new Russian bomb was developed with extensive usage of nano-technologies. Extremely tiny pieces of special explosive are dispersed and form something like explosive cloud. Expolsion itself produce unimaginary high temperature and super-powerfull blast wave.

Last years, billions of dollars were spent to develop nano-technologies in Russia. Mr.Putin himself supervises this project ahd supports newly founded state-run nano-technologies corporation.
 
#6
Or you could just use a nuke .If these bombs have to be carried by bear
or hercules to the target not really much use in conventional warfare.
And hardly coin weapons so whats the point?


Not that there is anything wrong with messing around with things that go bang . :D
 
#7
So it looks like all those Typhoons that 'we don't need anymore' might just... come in handy? Vlad the Mad's superbomb might go bang, but a Tu160-full of the feckers will make an even bigger one with an AMRAAM up its pipe.
 
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I maybe wrong but I don't think nanotechnology really comes into it. They may have made the explosive into millions of separate micron size pieces but this isn't nanotechnology.
But the beauty of turning explosive into millions of very tiny particles is that each particle would be surround by air thus presumably increasing its explosive energy.

It also ensures that more of the air in the vicinity is consumed thus ensuring the creation of the vacuum that follows.

Such a device should really be called The Oxygen Thief Bomb.
 
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goodkurtz said:
RABC said:
Nice to hear it is good for the environment !!
Oh it is. It aerates the earth and does wonders for the roses. Is that one lump or two you take in your tea vicar?
8) 8) 8) Would blow the Taliban off the Kahzi they would arrive to see Allah with scorched arses :D :D :D
 

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Well, at least unlike nukes, one can roll in afterwards and take the ground.

Let's see what the septics come up with in the new weapons race then. What are they going to call THEIR new bomb? The grandpappy of all bombs, or maybe 'my dad's bigger than your dad of all bombs'.

Let's think up some suitable acronyms for even bigger, better non-nuclear bombs shall we?

1. The bomb that time forgot? BTF
2. The progenator of all smaller bombs? PSB
3. The Holy Bomb of Antioch? HBA
4. Fuel Energy Carpet Kiloton Enormous Detonation? FECKED
 
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woody said:
Or you could just use a nuke .If these bombs have to be carried by bear
or hercules to the target not really much use in conventional warfare.
And hardly coin weapons so whats the point?


Not that there is anything wrong with messing around with things that go bang . :D
No fallout. So you can move troops into the area after the bomb has done it's work. And you won't get Greenpeace of FOTE whining about it... :wink:
 
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Something like a huge vacuum bomb exploded over Siberia in 1908. Apparently it was the effect of an asteroid breaking up. It devastated miles of landscape. Greenpeace wasn't around to complain at the time but the birds and squirrels weren't very happy about it.

Ever since then man, using technology has done his best to duplicate the asteroid's own devastating effects on his own planet. (God we're stupid!)
Here is Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event



 
#20
Oh dear, no doubt this will require an urgent round of......... cuts!
 

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