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Desc:1961 detonation of the largest nuclear weapon ever built. Basically a Soviet propaganda stunt.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Military
Tags:tsar bomba ivan kruschev soviet bomb nuclear
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Comment count is 22
Roachbud - 2007-09-19
The only reason they made bombs this big was because they couldn't keep up with the USA's missle accuracy
takewithfood - 2007-09-19
Some fraction of the motivation had to be "Dude, how cool would that be?"

Bone_Vulture - 2007-09-19
Quite possible. "Our ICBM's can't hit shit, so we'll just fry half your state".


In Soviet Russia, bomb drops YOU!

Xenocide - 2007-09-19
Perhaps, but I'm sure part of the reason was because "better accuracy" just doesn't make look as good in a propaganda film as "GIGANTIC FUCKING EXPLOSION HOLY SHIT."

Repomancer - 2007-09-19
Bombs this big are useless militarily.

SolRo - 2007-09-19
Unless you, like, drop one on an enemy city.

glasseye - 2007-09-19
This particular bomb was dropped from a specially modified bomber, and had the yield *reduced* so that the bomber crew would have a chance of escaping. It was way too huge for an ICBM.

The original design was about twice as powerful (~100 MT instead of 50.) Several of the stages were replaced with lead to limit the power of the bomb.

It was one mean motherfucker.

Repomancer - 2011-04-22
At the insistence of Andrei Sakharov, who was starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing, the bomb was built with a pusher/tamper made from (I believe) tungsten carbide instead of U-238. U-238 won't sustain a chain reaction but will fission given a high enough neutron flux; that was what reduced the yield to 50 MT.

HURF BLURF DUH - 2007-09-19
I am become death etc.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2007-09-19
3rd degree burns 100km away :O
kiint - 2007-09-19
Vashé zdorov'ye! :)
Caminante Nocturno - 2007-09-19
Keefu - 2007-09-19
Congratulations, shinji, congratulations.

x - 2007-09-19
Promises, promises....
shadyj - 2007-09-19
It's Beautiful
Ersatz - 2007-09-19
We are fearing a Doomsday Device gap!
Udderdude - 2007-09-19
Blew up real good.
Konversekid - 2007-09-19
It is not that they are militarily useless, it is more that they are so disgustingly immoral.
Jeff Fries - 2007-09-19
Close your eyes Marion, don't look at it.
Evilhead - 2007-11-12
Created as much energy as 1% of the Sun. God. Damn.
1394 - 2008-05-13
Sweet commentary.
Chalkdust - 2009-05-03
big bada-boom
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