(55) Soviet acquisition of thermonuclear weapons
laid the U.S.
These complaints were unwarranted for (as Hans Bethe wrote in 1982) between 1946 and 1949 the work of the theoretical division which Bethe led was "about equally divided between fission weapon design and problems (which were then very real) related to thermonuclear weapons
According to a Russian military newspaper, the country has the capability to blast the Snaefellsjokull volcano in Iceland with a thermonuclear weapon
It's necessary for developing thermonuclear weapons
. On the other hand, there is the power industry component.
And that has given us the capability to build to deterrence based on both fission and thermonuclear weapon
systems with the yields ranging from the smallest all the way up to 200 kilotons," Kakodkar said.
There is little doubt that if a 3 megaton thermonuclear weapon
was detonated at fewer than a thousand feet from the ground there would be substantial fallout and all those subjected to it would be at considerable risk.
The temperature at the center of the thermonuclear weapon
during its peak energy output is about 100,000,000 degrees Kelvin while the temperature at the center of a normal explosive during its peak energy output is about 5000 degrees Kelvin, Postol noted.
Deterrence-wise, India is robustly outclassed, with recently expressed doubts about its thermonuclear weapon
tested in May 1998 adding to the nuclear imbalance.
But the thermonuclear weapon
did not explode in the 1998 test, which means India would like to conduct more tests, since the mainstay of its deterrent is medium-to-long-range missiles tipped with thermonuclear warheads.
Americans are not so foolish as to convey substantive design information to enable India to write codes for an effective thermonuclear weapon
Earthquakes that hit Japan, India or South America can reach seven on the Richter scale - equivalent to 32 million tonnes of TNT, or the largest thermonuclear weapon
Of course, there is always the option of saying that we don't really need a thermonuclear weapon
; after all, even Pakistan doesn't claim to have one.