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Post time 20-9-2007 11:25 AM | Show all posts |Read mode
Russia tests superstrength bomb: military

By Dmitry Solovyov

Tue Sep 11, 5:09 PM ET




Russia has tested the world's most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the "father of all bombs."

The bomb is the latest in a series of new Russian weapons and policy moves as President Vladimir Putin tries to reassert Moscow's role on the international stage.

"Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon," Alexander Rukshin, Russian deputy armed forces chief of staff, told Russia's state ORT First Channel television. The same report was later shown on the state-sponsored Vesti channel.

"You will now see it in action, the bomb which has no match in the world is being tested at a military site."

It showed a Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber dropping the bomb over a testing ground. A large explosion followed.

Pictures showed what looked like a flattened multi-storey block of flats surrounded by scorched soil and boulders. "The soil looks like a lunar landscape," the report said.

"The defense ministry stresses this military invention does not contradict a single international treaty. Russia is not unleashing a new arms race."

Such devices generally detonate in two stages. First a small blast disperses a main load of explosive material into a cloud, which then either spontaneously ignites in air or is set off by a second charge.

This explosion generates a pressure wave that reaches much further than that from a conventional explosive. The consumption of gases in the blast also generates a partial vacuum that can compound damage and injuries caused by the explosion itself.

"The main destruction is inflicted by an ultrasonic shockwave and an incredibly high temperature," the reports said. "All that is alive merely evaporates."

Rukshin said: "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."

"FATHER OF ALL BOMBS"

The Tu-160 supersonic bomber that dropped the bomb, widely known under its NATO nickname of "Blackjack," is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.

Putin, who has overseen the roll-out of new tactical and anti-aircraft missiles and combat aircraft, has ordered "Blackjacks" and the Tu-95 "Bear" bombers to patrol around the world.

The report said the new bomb was much stronger than the U.S.-built Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb -- MOAB, also known under its name "Mother of All Bombs." "So, Russian designers called the new weapon 'Father of All Bombs'," it said.

Showing the orange-painted U.S. prototype, the report said the Russian bomb was four times more powerful -- 44 metric tons of TNT equivalent -- and the temperature at the epicenter of its blast was two times higher.

In 1999 Russian generals threatened to use vacuum bombs to wipe out rebels from the mountains during the "anti-terrorist operation" in its restive Chechnya province.

New York-based Human Rights Watch then appealed to Putin to refrain from using fuel-air explosives. It remains unclear if weapons of this type were used during the Chechen war. U.S. forces have used a "thermobaric" bomb, which works on similar principles, in their campaign against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. "It (the bomb) will allow us to safeguard our state's security and fight international terrorism in any circumstances and in any part of the world," Rukshin said.



A new ordnance, claimed by the Russian military the world's most powerful non-nuclear bomb, explodes in a giant fireball during a test in this undated television image shown by Russian Channel One television, September 11, 2007. Russia has tested world's most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with a power of a nuclear blast and dwarfs the biggest U.S. bomb of a kind, the military said on Tuesday. (Reuters TV/Reuters)

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Post time 20-9-2007 11:34 AM | Show all posts
The Russians Are Coming!

Still can't beat Tsar Bomba though....
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Post time 20-9-2007 11:53 AM | Show all posts

Reply #2 alphawolf's post

hehehehehe ... I think v need one oehhhh .... drop kat HDB sure lumatttt nyerrrr ... ahak3 ... ader can buat bisnis nihhhhh .....




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 Author| Post time 20-9-2007 12:18 PM | Show all posts

Reply #2 alphawolf's post

... more like russian answer to Yanks 'MOAB' bomb

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Post time 20-9-2007 12:24 PM | Show all posts
such a bomb can only be delivered by a large plane on a place with no high altiude air defence. The target would most likely be chechen rebels who hide in a valley.
A good place to use it would be on the terrorists in pakistan tribal areas.
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Post time 20-9-2007 01:04 PM | Show all posts
Or to clear minefields or LZs
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Post time 20-9-2007 01:17 PM | Show all posts
Get one! get one! we do reverse engineering and create a new smaller bomb, the Step- Mother of all Bombs!!! muahahaha fixed them into our astros muahahaha
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Post time 20-9-2007 01:19 PM | Show all posts
Originally posted by alphawolf at 20-9-2007 01:04 PM
Or to clear minefields or LZs


too expensive way to do that.
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Post time 20-9-2007 01:23 PM | Show all posts
Originally posted by powerwoot at 20-9-2007 01:17 PM
Get one! get one! we do reverse engineering and create a new smaller bomb, the Step- Mother of all Bombs!!! muahahaha fixed them into our astros muahahaha


There is actually not much technology involved in making this thing. Napalm in the 60s uses the same concept of dispersal followed by detonation. What made this thing unique is the size.

Anyway, this bomb in no way signal the re-emergence of Russia as a superpower. Russia has lost its clout long ago and never gained it back.
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Post time 20-9-2007 10:17 PM | Show all posts
Anyway, this bomb in no way signal the re-emergence of Russia as a superpower. Russia has lost its clout long ago and never gained it back.


Ackkkkk, you're wrong!

Russian military under Putin is undergoing rapid modernisation & of course, striking military alliance with China & Central Asian nation with Shanghai Cooperation Organiation, the direct rival for NATO!

Yeah, the neo-WARSAW is here, baby!

THE BEAR IS BACK!!!! NOW WITH THE DRAGON!
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Post time 20-9-2007 11:43 PM | Show all posts
You are wrong. This Shanghai thing cannot be compared to NATO at all if you really follow its development.
Anyway, it is china that is on the rise, not Russia. Russia is a has been and Putin is desperately making loud noises in desperation to gain its former glory.
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Post time 20-9-2007 11:48 PM | Show all posts
You are wrong. This Shanghai thing cannot be compared to NATO at all if you really follow its development.
Anyway, it is china that is on the rise, not Russia. Russia is a has been and Putin is desperately making loud noises in desperation to gain its former glory.


The BEAR has risen again. China's military on the rise is accredited to Russians supplying 'em with military products.

Russia will retain its previous glory with Putin. Its economy on the bounce, & petrodollars will provide much needed refit & modernisation of Russian Armed Forces. Its alliance with China PRC will ensure mutual benefit to these former rivals against US.
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Post time 20-9-2007 11:52 PM | Show all posts
Originally posted by Debmey at 20-9-2007 12:24 PM
such a bomb can only be delivered by a large plane on a place with no high altiude air defence. The target would most likely be chechen rebels who hide in a valley.
A good place to use it would ...


Hhmm......thats sound familiar....where is it ha? Ohhh.....Singapoh....
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Post time 21-9-2007 12:16 AM | Show all posts
it might just happen in KL itself.
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Post time 21-9-2007 07:28 AM | Show all posts
well 'vacuum bomb' or thermobaric weapon aka FAE also available in small packages like the Russian RPO-A Shmel aka bumblebee which is an excellent weapon for urban warfare, again the Russian TOS-1 Buratino which is a MRLS mounted on T-72 chassis.  Always tot ATM should get this wonder weapons for their urban warfare arsenal.  Btw, a small RPO-A can create an equivalent effect of 152mm artillery round.  cheap and devastating way to knock country that consist of major urban areas n little 'green' area aint it debmey
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Post time 23-9-2007 09:35 AM | Show all posts

Reply #8 Debmey's post

But quick....have you ever heard of clearing LZs using such oversized bombs?
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Post time 23-9-2007 04:07 PM | Show all posts
AviationWeek:Russia's "Father of All Bombs" More Smoke Than Fire

Sep 20, 2007

By David A. Fulghum, Amy Butler and Douglas Barrie

Video of Russia's "Father of All Bombs" suggests that the design doesn't quite meet Moscow's claims of being the equivalent of a nuclear weapon without the radiation, nor that it was dropped from a high-speed bomber.

And while Russia is showcasing its massive new conventional bomb, the United States is continuing its focus on developing smaller weapons that create less collateral damage. The weapon appears to be considerably more powerful than the U.S. built MOAB, but without the flexibility of launch from a fast-moving, high-altitude aircraft and the extended, standoff glide range.

The video released by the Russian military (and linked at the end of this story) shows a Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bomber taking off and opening its weapons bay. But the film clip then cuts to images that appear to have been taken from the upper interior of a cargo aircraft with the bomb attached to a sled that is pulled into space by a very long, already extended drogue chute.

That kind of extraction is comparatively straightforward from a horizontal bay such as with a cargo aircraft - but it would be far more difficult from an internal weapons bay unless it was extensively and uniquely modified
, according to U.S. Air Force analysts.

The Russian type has variously been referred to as a vacuum bomb, a thermobaric bomb and a fuel-air explosive. A two-stage explosion seemed to be evident in video. A material like liquid fuel or a powdered explosive was dispersed into a large cloud with the first detonation. After combining with air, the cloud was ignited, which created the much larger second blast.

Russia - and previously the Soviet Union - has carried out research and development and likely deployed weapons in this class. They ranged from tube-launched, anti-structure munitions to what is believed have been a warhead for the Kh-22 (AS-4 Kitchen) supersonic cruise missile. The concept for the latter was that detonation close to surface naval crafts would produce blasts of so-called overpressure that were powerful enough to seriously damage superstructure such as masts and ship antennas. Even a near miss could render the ship electronically blind.

The U.S.-built MOAB (Mother of All Bombs), to which the Russian bomb is being compared, has stub wings and four, waffle-iron-like tail surfaces for precision guidance and standoff range. The tail-surface-control design was lifted from tail fins developed by the Russians for ballistic missiles, and later, their medium-range air-to-air missiles. Lattice fins give more control, faster response and weigh less than conventional fins, say weapons developers at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The Russian bomb had no wings or fins. Moreover, it descends by parachute, which means there is little chance of precision targeting.

The Russian weapon, as shown in various degrees in video, is reminiscent of the much older U.S. Air Force Daisy Cutter that was dropped from Lockheed C-130 transports in Vietnam to clear helicopter landing sites in the jungle. A few were pulled out of storage for attacks on Iraqi defensive lines in Kuwait for the 1991 war. The overpressure from the fuel-air blast would clear a swath through a mine field almost instantaneously and shred barbed wire entanglements.

Nevertheless, the Russian blast via video was impressive with armored vehicles in the foreground being dwarfed although not engulfed by the blast. Aftermath pictures show a Russian armored personnel carrier with its wheels flattened and side armor riddled with what appears to be shrapnel - but it was not overturned. Also, the ground below the blast is flat, not cratered. The surface is covered with small holes, and no evidence of plant life remains.

Three long, reinforced-concrete buildings apparently were part of the Russian target set. Only the first building collapsed though its back wall remained standing. The rear two buildings, shielded by the first, remained intact.


Meanwhile, U.S. weapons developers continue exploring how to decrease collateral damage from air-dropped weapons. Boeing, on Sept. 14, conducted the second flight test of its Focused Lethality Munition (FLM), a low-collateral-damage derivative of the 250-pound Small-Diameter Bomb (SDB).

The first so-called "auto-pilot" test, demonstrating that the guidance system operates properly with the weapons mass, was conducted July 11. Both trials used inert weapons.

FLM warhead tests have been conducted that validate the design using a composite warhead that disintegrates upon detonation together with a new, dense, explosive fill. It allows FLM to mimic SDB's mass while using overpressure, not blast fragmentation, as its kill mechanism. SDB relies on its blast patter to destroy targets. FLM is designed to kill personnel while leaving structures intact. End-to-end flight testing using an active warhead is expected by year end. Initial deliveries are expected early next year.

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiT7M3YwyU4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ee_cDX7ys

Fulghum and Butler reported from Washington; Barrie reported from London

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/FOAB09207.xml&headline=Russia%20Trumpets%20Conventional%20''Nuke,''%20With%20More%20Smoke%20Than%20Fire&channel=defense
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Post time 23-9-2007 04:31 PM | Show all posts

Reply #17 spiderweb6969's post

mungkin betul kupasan atau kesimpulan yg dibuat berkenaan bom nih, tapi depa patut tau jugak yg ni merupakan ujian prototype jer, mungkin bom2 hakiki versi nih akan dilancarkan dari pelbagai platform spt yg  disebutkan oleh penulis diatas, setelah fine tuning dijalankan.
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Post time 23-9-2007 10:34 PM | Show all posts
Tsar Bomb - The biggest bomb ever









tis should be the most powerfull bomb ever(but wit nuclear)....

[ Last edited by  gancity at 23-9-2007 10:44 PM ]
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