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.
[First], the old and wealthy nuclear weapons establishment is protected by political and corporate interests that profit from the gigantic infrastructure of the weapons production and maintenance system; and [two], the US government's perpetual threat to use its nuclear weapons first, without warning against any adversary it chooses allows the US President and the military to portray its use of so-called "conventional" weapons -- even napalm, fuel-air explosives, thermobaric bombs, Cruise missiles, cluster munitions, depleted uranium shells, phosphorous bombs, and defoliation bombs -- as measured, limited, moderate, discriminate, accurate and controlled.
In the West, thermobaric warheads are also referred to as fuel-air explosives, which it is, however, with a huge difference in the time sequence of its operation.
Thermobaric warheads were developed from experience gained with the so-called fuel-air explosives. These relied on creating a concentrated aerosol cloud formed from a highly volatile liquid or powder explosive mixture (or a mixture of both).