The military is planning to test out it’soutside of Las Vegas, NV on June 2nd (hint hint city of heathens). Well, actually since no planes are big enough to carry the behemoth, they are simply detonating it in a bunker underground. Consider this:
The US military plans to detonate a 700 tonne explosive charge in a test called “Divine Strake” that will send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defense official said.
Tegnelia said the test was part of a US effort to develop weapons capable of destroying deeply buried bunkers housing nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
Mushroom cloud full of yummy biological or radiological goodness. I feel safer already!
But forget about all that for a moment and focus back on the size of this fucker… 700 TONS. The biggest airplane in the entire world — the old Soviet Antonov 225 — can only carry 250 tons of cargo. So is the military actually hinting at divine intervention in naming this thing Divine Strake? Apparently only god will be able to lift this thing and drop it anywhere.
In the comments IanC asks:
Question; is the bomb’s mass weighing in at 700 tonnes, or is that merely the force measurement of the explosive? (I.e.; an explosive equivalent to 700 tons of TNT?)
I did some googling around and found the answer:
The bomb consists of 700 tonnes of heavy ammonium nitrate fuel oil, which should create a blast equivalent to 593 tonnes of TNT.
The munition was developed because the US Congress has refused to fund a Pentagon proposal to develop nuclear-tipped bunker busting bombs.