Re: Groveling over US nuke inventory, need life, was Re: ELIEZER(thanks!) on the ethics of using weapons of mass destruction...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sun Nov 25 2001 - 14:32:00 MST

John Clark wrote:
> Me:
> > Actually the gun design was never used again on any bomb,
> > it's just too crude and inefficient and won't work at all with plutonium.
> Michael M. Butler <>
> > Obligatory oversharing time--FAS website disagrees
> I stand corrected. Now that I come to think of it an artillery shell probably would
> be too narrow for a implosion design, of course nobody has nuclear cannons
> anymore but at least one was tested in the 50's.

correction: Nuclear artillery shells ARE in the inventory, and were kept
in stores in NATO artillery units at least up into the early 1990's.
This was part and parcel to the NATO strategy for dealing with an
agressive Warsaw Pact opponent that outnumbered them in tanks and
artillery by 20 to 1. If the soviets ever invaded, they'd have faced a
constant barrage of tactical nukes all along the Iron Curtain.

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