The test scheduled for June 2 will be of a 700-ton conventional bomb. The research could aid in development of so-called bunker-buster weapons, including small-scale nuclear devices, according to the federal official overseeing the test, Doug Bruder, director of counter-weapons of mass destruction technology for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
As near as I can tell the maximum takeoff weight any 747 is about 910,000 pounds which is only 455 tons and that includes the weight of the plane and fuel. A semi truck is much smaller. The only remaining thing I can think of is a train and that is rather problematic for a number of reasons.
So this “demonstration”, as some are calling it, of a 700-ton bomb ammonium nitrate (Boomershoot uses AN as the main ingredient) and fuel oil bomb will be more “interesting” than just a big pile of AN detonating. And although there may be some fuel oil in it my guess is there will be aluminum powder as well as other stuff much more interesting that just fuel oil. This guy is openly calling it a tactical nuke instead of a conventional bomb. Tactical nuke? Sure, that makes sense. You can deliver those with artillery shells as well as cruise missiles and conventional air dropped bombs.
Iran is virtually begging for someone to attack. The Israelis claim Iran is only about a year away from having their own nuclear bomb. Others claim more time is needed, but regardless the Mideast is a very interesting place these days. Regardless, for us to claim there is too much sand and not enough glass in Iran before we take another hit will be a tough situation politically. But for us to wait might mean the near total destruction of Israel. And if we take a nuclear hit on north American soil my bet is that our retaliation will not be so “surgical” as dropping a few tactical nukes as we would prior to taking a hit. My guess is we would turn not only massive portions of Iran into glass but Medina and few other areas as well. Mecca would probably have a few bombers in permanent “orbit” around it for several years–just daring any Muslim extremist to set off a pipe bomb in some pizza joint on our turf.
Interesting times ahead…
Update: If you follow the links in Ry’s comments (and here) you will find the people I based my post on were totally clueless. Which means I was totally clueless when I made the post. Idiots. And they made me look like an idiot.