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Why the Biggest Russian Nuclear Bomb Ever Built Would Have Been Useless in Battle

September 13, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: RussiaUSSRCold WarMilitaryTechnologyWorld

Why the Biggest Russian Nuclear Bomb Ever Built Would Have Been Useless in Battle

With the Cold War escalating no time was spared. Andrei Sakharov's team at Arzamas-16, the "USSR's Los Alamos," skipped the careful mathematical analysis require for H-bomb design and worked out "Big Ivan" on the fly using approximations. At the time the largest device the Soviets had tested yielded much lower, so to achieve 100 megatons Sakharov's team used clustering and staging.

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