neutron bomb


neutron bomb

noun

: a nuclear bomb that releases very large amounts of radiation

Full Definition of NEUTRON BOMB

:  a nuclear bomb designed to produce lethal neutrons but less blast and fire damage than other nuclear bombs

First Known Use of NEUTRON BOMB

1959

neutron bomb

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small thermonuclear weapon that produces minimal blast and heat but releases large amounts of lethal radiation. The blast and heat are confined to a radius of only a few hundred yards; within a somewhat larger area, the bomb throws off a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation, which is extremely destructive to living tissue. Such a bomb could be used with deadly efficiency against tank and infantry formations on the battlefield without endangering towns or cities only a few miles away. It can be carried in a missile or delivered by a howitzer or even an attack aircraft.

Variants of NEUTRON BOMB

neutron bomb or enhanced radiation warhead

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