Re: go interceptors!

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 15:21:16 MDT

Mike Lorrey <> Wrote:

>both major power call backpack weapons 'tactical nukes': they serve
>no strategic utility as a weapon against population centers. All they
>would do is piss off a lot more people than they killed,

Your distinction eludes me, was Hiroshima tactical or strategic? I ask you to
consider the W-88 warhead, it's a bit too big to be called a backpack nuke
but not by much. The Hiroshima bomb was a cylinder 10 and a half feet long
and it weighed 8,900 pounds, it produced about 12 kilotons. The modern W-88
H bomb is still a cylinder but it's only 2 and a half feet long and weighs just under
300 pounds, yet it produces 150 kilotons, more than 10 times as powerful as
the Hiroshima bomb. UPS sends lots of 300 pound packages every day.

   John k Clark

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