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Subject: Russia tests the largest Vacuum bomb
Herc the Merc    9/11/2007 7:55:27 PM
Probably a daisy cutter clone, thermobaric and aerosol. Dropped from TU 160. LOud.
 
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DarthAmerica       9/11/2007 8:15:00 PM

Probably a daisy cutter clone, thermobaric and aerosol. Dropped from TU 160. LOud.


Herc, you are extremely lazy. Please do better...
 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had tested the world's most powerful vacuum bomb.

"Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon," Alexander Rukshin, deputy head of Russia's armed force chief of staff, told Russia's ORT First Channel television.

"You will now see it in action, the bomb which has no match in the world is being tested at a military site," the report said. It showed a Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber dropping the bomb over a testing ground. A large explosion followed.

A vacuum bomb, or fuel-air explosive, causes widespread devastation. A typical bomb of that type is dropped or fired, the first explosive charge bursts open the container at a predetermined height and disperses the fuel in a cloud that mixes with oxygen. A second charge ignites the cloud, which can engulf objects or buildings.

"At the same time, I want to stress that the action of this weapon does not contaminate the environment, in contrast to a nuclear one."

 
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VelocityVector    Different Day, Same Ol' . . .   9/11/2007 8:46:49 PM

We produce Fat Man, they roll out Tsar Bomb.  We create Moab, now they test Hoover-ski.  Somebody is victim of a serious bomb inferiority complex :>)

"At the same time, I want to stress that the action of this weapon does not contaminate the environment, in contrast to a nuclear one."

Al Gore:  this will contribute to global warming!  We expect to receive word of your denouncement soon.  Kucinich is too busy making peace in the ME to respond and Pelosi is focused on a general who apparently knows little about quashing insurgency.

v^2

 
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Nasty German Idiot       9/12/2007 1:36:57 PM
They used a thermobaric grenade / bomb during the second chechen War, although they didnt really admit it.  Its called "Kaukasus" and in service since some years.  I think this thing is a further developement ...  
 
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swhitebull    Who Has the Biggest Dick?   9/14/2007 10:25:06 AM

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

The elation expressed by the Russian military over their new vacuum bomb has dissipated. The Russian news service Novosti notes today that the US has a more powerful bomb that goes deeper in the latest in phallus-measuring that apparently has started between Russia and the West (via Memeorandum):

The U.S. has a 14-ton super bomb more destructive than the vacuum bomb just tested by Russia, a U.S. general said Wednesday.

The statement was made by retired Lt. General McInerney, chairman of the Iran Policy Committee, and former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

McInerney said the U.S. has "a new massive ordnance penetrator that's 30,000 pounds, that really penetrates ... Ahmadinejad has nothing in Iran that we can't penetrate."

He also said the new Russian bomb was not a "penetrator."  

 

I think this is a slap at Russian manhood, actually. It's the military equivalent of accusing someone of premature ejaculation. You explode on the surface, Ivan? Real superpowers go deep before explosion. Georgia laughs at you, comrade. Maybe Vladimir Putin should pay more attention to e-mail spam.

But then again, the Russian excitement over developing a fuel-air bomb seemed a little overblown, anyway. They only have one bomber that could actually deploy it, and unless one wants to flatten entire villages, it has few real applications. That kind of strategy ended in Vietnam, and even the Soviets didn't use those kinds of tactics in Afghanistan. The "daisy cutter" that the US uses has more flexibility and better tactical application. Unless the point is to penetrate into bunkers below the surface or to do some instant ethnic cleansing, it's literally overkill.

The Russians have relearned a lesson they forgot since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its better to wait on bragging until one is sure that the opponent has not already beaten one to the finish line. It saves on humiliation later.

 
 
 
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Jeff_F_F       9/15/2007 3:31:26 PM
lol, johnson wagging indeed.
 
Seriously, the two weapons are completely different. It is like comparing apples and oranges... or should I say, bannanas and cucumbers...
 
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