Realistically, what would it take to mushroom the town?
Arming the nuke. Like seriously, the Air Force did some videos on this back in the late 50s, chucking nukes out of trucks and planes, lighting them on fire, etc, to show how they don't blow up.
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fucking damn you
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Is the guy really not allowed to record this? I hear different things like they're doing it out in the open so it's fine and another saying that it's a matter of national security/looks suspicious.
yup, they've spent a bit of research synthesizing a powerful explosive that's incredibly hard to detonate, even if they just used RDX it's still pretty hard to set off, you either need a detonator or maybe a massive pile that caught fire could do it eventually.
The only type of nuclear bomb that could detonate without proper arming and detonation sequence is the Gun type design, where even flooding the gun tube with water could change the moderation enough to cause a small explosion let alone a high velocity impact. luckily nobody in the world currently fields any of these nukes.
He can record it (if they didn't want you seeing it they'd just transport it in a random Walmart semi or something along those lines).
He says they were trying to stop him filming in the video, but that's obviously bullshit. The cop pulled over to make sure he wasn't suspicious and didn't do anything retarded like pull out.
Would you really want to go light on security for nuke transportation?
Bollocks, there are multiple kinds of explosives within a nuke, non of them extremely hard to detonate. the thing that makes a nuke go boom is the perfectly timed explosion that causes the shockwave to hit the nuclear pit simultaneously from all angles, without that timed explosion from all sides, you wont get a nuclear boom, just a chemical one. so the only way to set off the nuke, is to have all the detonators triggers simultaneously
Like I said even RDX is hard to set off without a decent primary explosive, it's very unlikely that it will from impact or fire, it's probably top secret but I'd have a guess that nukes would use EBW's which means the bomb shouldn't have any sensitive primary explosive at all.
>It's not armed
>none of the safeguards work
>more likely to be struck by lightning multiple times than for one to go off as it was supposed to
The most you can hope for is a long burning, hot fire detonates the explosives and scatters the physics package everywhere. A radiological mess, but that's it.
>A Bearcat armored vehicle and a Humvee from the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron protect a payload transporter during a missile maintenance convoy mission Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever/RELEASED)
Well, shit. Why not go full retard and just ship it via UPS?
Then, when the delivery guy shows up with it, he can just leave it propped up against the fence next to the front gate.
Probably not a warhead, more likely a missile sans warhead.
Still - tons of solid fuel/explosive in the missile/booster itself.
I'd imagine the newer minuteman bodies being produced are more secret/controlled than their own warhead units, likely because of advances in counter counter measures to ABM's and the like.
It may even just be upgrayyds for the minuteman force
Link was just a reference for the caption, which explains who the guys are: 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron
Surely you're clever enough to google them and find out what they do?
[spoiler]they guard ICBMs[/spoiler]
That face when that happened in your hometown sometime in the last month. The building on the far left is a grocery store that just closed its doors, and I've been to the bar across the street... Jesus christ...
So you think they move the minuteman re-entry vehicles and warheads separately? And the truck is called a PAYLOAD transporter and is nuclear certified for no reason?
So this truck is hauling a reentry vehicle, with secrets decoys, last generation warheads, guidance systems, ready to be put on top of an ICBM.
In first I thought it was a little bit too much of a show, usually warheads are in normal trucks without the neutron generator or something like that. But here we are talking about a loaded SERV (probably) the thing that will protect the US of A for the next decades and maybe set off TEOTWAWKI
PS to those wondering this is common procedure for shipping fissile material. You'll run into them often between Wyoming and Nebraska. They also have a couple of birds in the air during this.
It's solid fuel, some of it is probably fueled at factory, because multiple boost phases are going to require multiple propellant storage. I expect it is shipped with the initial boost phase propellant, and filled on site before being made operational.