fuel-air explosive


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fuel-air explosive

Special fuels that are sprayed into the atmosphere and catch fire on coming into contact with oxygen in air. Their blast effect is much greater than conventional explosives. Besides blast and fire-related causalities, most injuries occur from the sudden oxygen starvation.
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Fuel-air explosives, evaluated back in the McNamara days of the late 1960s, were designed to kill people first in bunkers and then in foxholes and behind cover.
Thermobaric warheads were developed from experience gained with the so-called fuel-air explosives.
The Pentagon revealed in January they were rushing 10 thermobaric bombs, or fuel-air explosives, to the region after successful tests in the Nevada desert.
Fuel-air explosives (FAEs) approximate the destructive power of smaller nuclear munitions, but they would not appreciably shorten the war.