Although they appeared much earlier, the existence of thermobaric weapons
was 'discovered' by the mass media after their intense use in Chechnya by the Russian Army, particularly in the form of the vehicle-launched Tos-1 Buratino 220 mm rocket.
While the fuel-air bombs spray flammable liquid over a wide area before igniting it to cause a massive firestorm which sucks in people from some distance away and melts their flesh, the smaller-scale thermobaric weapons
in which Britain is interested deliver a precise blast by igniting the fuel immediately it leaves the warhead on impact.
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There are some federal agencies that have begun discussing thermobaric weapons as it relates to terrorists, but again, the sensitive nature of the weapons has slowed the flow of information, said Burky.
Thermobaric weapons suck the oxygen out of an enclosed area and create a large pressure wave that crushes anything in its way, according to Battelle.
As the name implies, heat and pressure are important characteristics of thermobaric weapons.
Thermobaric weapons have been used in several armed conflicts.
, for instance, which employ kinetic energy have been called directed-energy weapons, rather than the laser energy often associated with that category of weapons.
contain slow-burning explosive slurries that keep their explosive impulses on a target longer.
UP IN the skies and beyond the range of enemy radars, 30 Indian commandos armed with Kalashnikovs, Tavors, rocket- propelled guns and thermobaric weapons
deploy parachutes on a dark, cold moonless night for a rare military insertion to ambush terror assets on the rugged Himalayan terrain of Pakistanoccupied Kashmir.
As an example, Sega--a retired Air Force major general and shuttle astronaut--cited the thermobaric weapons
first introduced during the war in Afghanistan.