The Russian bomb contained about 7 tons of high explosives compared with more than 8 tons of explosives in the U.S. bomb, it was four times more powerful because it uses a new, highly efficient type of explosives developed with the use of nanotechnology. The report did not identify the explosives.
The U.S. bomb is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, the Russian one is equivalent to 44 tons of regular explosives. The new weapon’s blast radius is 300 meters, twice that of the U.S. design, the report said.
Like its U.S. predecessor, first tested in 2003, the “Father of All Bombs” is a so-called thermobaric weapon that explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a terrifying, nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shockwave created by the airburst and high temperature.
Researchers can greatly increase the power of weapons by adding materials known as superthermites that combine nanometals such as nanoaluminum with metal oxides such as iron oxide, according to Steven Son, a project leader in the Explosives Science and Technology group at Los Alamos.
The Tu-160 has a total bomb payload capability of 40,000kg of bombs. Theoretically, it might carry 5 of the new bombs. 220 tons of TNT equivalent.
Tu-160 strategic bomber
Big cargo planes can lift close to 80 tons. Enough for 11 of the bombs. 484 tons of TNT equivalent.
Speculation:How to get to nuclear bomb power using these bombs and bigger bombers
Wing in ground effect planes could lift a lot more.
The Ekranoplane which was built could lift 100 tons of cargo
The proposed Boeing Pelican would have a cargo capacity of 1400 tons The airframe could also be lightened with nanomaterials like carbon nanotubes (lighter airframe means more cargo capacity). 200+ bombs would be 8800 tons of TNT equivalent.
The new bomb
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