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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2016 1:57 p.m. PST

I have read that certain nukes can vary the yield desired, with a "simple" adjustment.
How is that done?
Why would you want to? Come on. You're dropping a nuke!

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 2:07 p.m. PST

Tritium or deuterium injection is the one I know of (gas is injected just prior to detonation, giving a neutron boost, increasing yield), but I'm sure there are other methods too. Also some nukes which incorporate a thermonuclear secondary can be adjusted so that hopefully only the primary goes off. As for why, I'd imagine if you have deluded hopes of preventing escalation, you might think a small nuke is better than a big one….

bbriarcliffe Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 2:09 p.m. PST


Terrement Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 2:42 p.m. PST


bbriarcliffe Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 3:23 p.m. PST


tberry7403 Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 3:28 p.m. PST

No one wins a nuclear war. (Except maybe the cockroaches.)

Terrement Inactive Member18 Mar 2016 4:34 p.m. PST


Tom Bryant18 Mar 2016 9:49 p.m. PST

JJ laid out some good arguments for why. It gives the owner a higher degree of tactical flexibility and lowers ownership costs. Instead of having say 100 15 kt nukes, 75 50 kt nukes, and 20 150 kt nukes in your arsenal you could go with a "dial a "Yield" system for 100 150 kt nukes that are adjustable from 15 to 150 kt.

Another possible way of adjusting yield could be in the detonation sequencing and timing on implosion based devices. Optimal timing gives maximum yield where different sequencing delays ca lower the yield accordingly.

mckrok19 Mar 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

On early weapon designs, we'd change the sequencing and composition of the enriched and depleted uranium rings.


Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2016 8:34 p.m. PST

<No one wins a nuclear war. (Except maybe the cockroaches.)>
Or the Twinkies.

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