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fission bomb

[′fish·ən ‚bäm]
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It takes countries many years to independently develop the technology needed to create a fission bomb and then make the subsequent jump to fusion weapons.
In a fission bomb, a critical mass of fissile material is assembled from sub-critical masses by chemical explosives.
Reports say that Israel has at its disposal material for roughly 20 hydrogen bombs and 200 fission bombs. Needless to say, Israel is not a global security threat despite its nuclear warheads and irresponsible behavior towards the Palestinians as it is a fawning ally of the USA.
Thus while the fission bombs that destroyed Hiroshima, or the type that India tested in Pokhran- I in 1974 had an explosive yield of 12- 15 kt, thermonuclear or hydrogen bombs can be anywhere from 200 kt to a megaton.