The Corner

Re: Mini-Nukes

Andrew: Whatever we may think of them, mini-nukes are far from new.

“Nuclear satchel charges” were certainly in the NATO armory in the late

1970s, & so presumably the Warsaw Pact had them too. There was a 4-letter

acronym for them that I can’t recall. “Satchel charge” was a bit of a

stretch: they actually came in a customized backpack that one strong man

could just about cope with–the unit weighed over 100 lbs. Yield as I

recall was less than 10 kilotons. They were intended for blowing up big

bridges and such.

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