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2012-11-01 02:34:18 PM  
2 votes:
They are doing it wrong.

You should only carpet bomb with vacuum bombs in rugged terrain.
2012-11-01 05:36:17 PM  
1 vote:

Bored Horde: Can anyone explain to me how thermobaric devices are any more barbaric then conventional explosive devices? I mean given that the US of A and Israel have both thrown around wooly peter and cluster bombs like so much confetti, what are the Syrians doing that is uniquely evil?

In the simplest terms, "regular" bombs rely on the shrapnel that used to be the bomb casing to produce casuaties. The ratio of weight of explosive to a weight of the rest of the bomb is somewhat small, because you don't really need a huge amount of pricey explosives to blow up a cheap iron casing; also heavy weight helps with penetration (so that's how Ron Jeremy does it!) of bunkers or vehicles. A 500lb Mk 82 bomb is 500lb and about 200lb of that is explosive.

Thermobaric weapons rely entirely on concussive blast and fire to produce casualties. Those also use surrounding oxygen to produce large amounts of fire for the size of the bomb. Easy way to put it: if a run-of-the-mill frag grenade blows up in real life, it's just that. A small boom and lots of fragmentation. Now take a frag grenade that blows up in an '80's action movie. Lots of fire and horrendous destructive power. Thermobaric weapons are essentially Hollywood bombs.

Video of car blown up by 150kg thermobaric bomb. Watch how the fire is getting sucked back into the point of detonation. That's where "vaccuum bomb" comes in.
2012-11-01 03:55:20 PM  
1 vote:

madgonad: spelletrader: Oh we had some FAE bombs in Vietnam that were used to clear foliage that would also excel in an anti-personnel role, but that would cause "unnecessary suffering of individuals".

Daisy cutters aren't thermobaric. They are just really large conventional explosive deployed by transport plane and guided/retarded by a parachute.

However, the American scientist that invented them about 20 years ago was born in Vietnam.

/they are a terrible weapon with legitimate military uses (like mines)
//but using them on a civilian target is just farking evil

Perhaps you would prefer another target? A military target? THEN NAME THE SYSTEM.
2012-11-01 02:25:30 PM  
1 vote:
Removing the HEPA filter on one of those is against the Geneva Convention.
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-11-01 11:18:19 AM  
1 vote:
That sucks.
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