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 Nuclear weapons and the United Kingdom - Avoo - Ask Us A Question -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The first Blue Danube weapons issued to the RAF were of 10-12 kt yield, approx the same yield as the Hiroshima bomb, although that was much smaller, being of a gun-type, whereas Blue Danube was of the implosion type similar to the Nagasaki bomb.
A nuclear landmine dubbed Brown Bunny, later Blue Bunny, and finally Blue Peacock that used the Blue Danube warhead was developed from 1954 with the goal of deployment in the Rhine area of Germany.
As well as the establishment at Aldermaston, the UK nuclear weapons programme also has a factory at Burghfield nearby which assembled the weapons and is responsible for their maintenance, and had another in Cardiff which fabricated non-fissile components and a 2000 acre (8 kmĀ²) test range at Foulness.
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 Nuclear weapons and the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British nuclear weapons had their genesis in the Second World War when the United Kingdom worked on development of an atomic bomb, initially on their own under the cover name of TUBE ALLOYS but later as a partner in the American Manhattan Project.
It was very similar to the American Mark 4 weapon in having a 60 inch diameter, 32 lens implosion system with a levitated core suspended within a natural uranium tamper, and equipped the V Bomber force which had been developed to carry it.
As well as the establishment at Aldermaston, the UK nuclear weapons programme also has a factory at Burghfield nearby which assembled the weapons and is responsible for their maintenance, and had another in Cardiff which built non-fissile components and a 2000 acre (8 km²) test range at Foulness. /wiki/index.php/Nuclear_weapons_and_the_United_Kingdom   (1719 words)

 bluedanube2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Blue Danube was the first nuclear weapon developed in the UK.
Blue Danube was a fission device intended for airdrop.
Blue Danube was fitted with flip-out tail fins that deployed as the weapon was dropped.
www.skomer.u-net.com /projects/bluedanube.htm   (64 words)

 British army planned nuclear landmines - 16 July 2003 - New Scientist
Nuclear historian David Hawkings revealed the plan for the nuclear mine, which was abandoned after four years of research and development in the 1950s.
The weapon was designed, its components tested (short of fission) and two prototypes constructed, as part of a secret army "atomic demolition munitions" programme.
Blue Peacock was to consist of a plutonium core surrounded by a sphere of high explosives, all encased in steel.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn3943   (566 words)

 Blue Danube Nuclear Bomb Delivered to RAF
Britain's first operational nuclear weapon, Blue Danube, was based on the Hurricane trials device and was in service from 1953 to 1961.
With a yield specified by the Chiefs of Staff of 10KT, Blue Danube weighed in at 10,000 pounds and could just squeeze into the bomb bays of the V bombers which carried it.
Flight tests of Blue Danube with an inert warhead were carried out at the Orfordness range in Suffolk, and elsewhere.
www.awe.co.uk /main_site/about_awe/history/timeline/1953   (157 words)

 Blue Danube - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Blue Danube - a waltz written by Johann Strauss the Younger.
Blue Danube (nuclear weapon) - the first British operational nuclear weapon.
Blue Danube (band) - Austrian band who represented their country in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blue_Danube   (115 words)

 CNN.com - UK reveals nuclear bomb plans - April 15, 2002
The plans relate to Britain's first operational nuclear bomb, the 15 kilotonne Blue Danube, which was in service with the Royal Air Force's B-bomber fleet from 1953 to 1961.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed to CNN that information relating to the Blue Danube bomb had been declassified seven years ago and put in the public domain at the UK's Public Record Office.
Observers say it seems likely that the decision was taken in the light of the amount of detailed material on nuclear weapons already posted on the Internet, and the judgment that the information from 40 years ago posed no threat.
archives.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/europe/04/15/uk.nuclear   (567 words)

 MILNET: Carey Sublette's Nuclear Weapons FAQ
These were the most sophisticated weapon then available to the U.S. With this flood of data, backed by numerous tests, and representing weapons that had been engineered to a high state of sophistication and had been manufactured in large numbers, the British abandoned the idea of developing and fielding their own designs.
Weapons grade plutonium production tends to interfere with the most economical production of electricity (requiring more uranium for fuel, longer shut down times, and more spent fuel handling), so they were not operated continuously for weapons grade plutonium production.
The TN-80/81 warhead is a miniaturized, hardened nuclear warhead for the ASMP air-surface missile.
www.milnet.com /nukeweap/Nfaq7-2.html   (21612 words)

 List of Aircraft Weapons Encyclopedia Article @ Testifying.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is an incomplete list of aircraft weapons, past and present.
B90 nuclear bomb See Mark 90 Betty nuclear depth bomb
Blue Rosette (UK strategic nuclear bomb for a supersonic bomber)
www.testifying.org /encyclopedia/List_of_aircraft_weapons   (312 words)

The plutonium core (Blue Danube was an implosion device, unlike the simpler but less safe gun type.) was kept separate from the bomb which meant that the accidental detonation of the explosive content of a bomb would only result in limited destruction as the nuclear components could not be involved.
Blue Danube was supposed to have been made during the course of its life in a number of variants of up to 40Kt.
Blue Danube, the first nuclear weapon issued to the RAF, and the weapon available when Barnham was built.
www.century20war.co.uk /page5.html   (2674 words)

 Chicken-Powered Nuclear Bomb
The Blue Peacock Project began in 1954 and was aimed at preventing enemy occupation of territory due to nuclear contamination.
Designs were based on Britain's Blue Danube free-fall bomb, which consisted of a plutonium core surrounded by a sphere of high explosive with detonators spread across the surface.
Nuclear historian David Hawkings revealed the plan for the nuclear mine, which was as abandoned in 1958 after 4 years of R&D - the Ministry of Defence Weapons Policy Committee decided that work on Blue Peacock should stop because of reservations about the fallout hazard.
www.joe-ks.com /archives_apr2004/Chicken_Nuclear.htm   (703 words)

 Britain's Nuclear Weapons - British Nuclear Testing
The weapon seems to have been the same size as the Yellow Sun Mk 1, even though the Mk-28 is a much smaller weapon.
The Blue Steel was a liquid fuel air-to-surface strategic missile, carried by the British strategic "V-bombers" - the Vulcan B.2A and Victor B.2R.
The Blue Steel was 10.7 m long, had a wing span of 4.0 m, and weighed 6800 kg.
nuclearweaponarchive.org /Uk/UKArsenalDev.html   (2595 words)

 Blue Steel South Australian trials 1957 -1965   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It was to carry the Blue Danube nuclear weapon payload that had been tested at Maralinga.
and, as the missile was designed to carry (but not carrying) a nuclear weapon, news of the adventure was to be contained.
The SA Aviation Museum has been given the fuselage of a Blue Steel missile and intends to restore it to its original shape for display in the Museum as at Woomera.
www.wetton.net /bryan/4JSTU/bluesteel.htm   (682 words)

 "Ministry of Defence (UK) Nuclear Declassification Seminar"
Secondly we need to maintain the deterrence value of our nuclear forces and as the Minister said this has traditionally been achieved by creating uncertainty in the minds of potential aggressors over what our capability is in terms of numbers of weapons and their detailed performance.
In addition to proliferation concerns over nuclear weapons there are separate concerns over proliferation of ballistic missile technology which might have an impact on the releaseability of some historical information.
The basic principles of how a nuclear weapon works are now well known and much of the fundamental and indeed applied science is readily available in the scientific literature.
www.fas.org /sgp/news/modroper.html   (1402 words)

 Orford Ness - United Kingdom Nuclear Forces
Initial work on the Atomic Bomb concentrated on recording the flight of the weapon and monitoring the electronics within it during flight but a bulk of the work involved environmental testing, which in itself was being developed and advanced.
Although built and developed specifically for the testing of nuclear weapons, by the 1960s efforts were being made to find commercial markets for the site's capabilities.
Although no nuclear material was said to be involved the high explosive initiator was present and a test failure might have resulted in a catastrophic explosion.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/world/uk/orford_ness.htm   (1279 words)

 Britain's Nuclear Weapons - From MAUD to Hurricane
When the [nuclear] tests are completed, as they soon will be, we shall be in the same position as the United States or Soviet Russia.
Britain was the first country to seriously study the feasibility of nuclear weapons, and made a number of critical conceptual breakthroughs.
The U.S. had turned sharply away from collaborating on nuclear technology with the UK after the end of the war, and this was a golden opportunity for Britain to keep this relationship alive.
nuclearweaponarchive.org /Uk/UKOrigin.html   (2245 words)

 First UK Nuclear Device Successfully Detonated
Codenamed Hurricane, Britain's first nuclear test was scheduled to take place in the Monte Bello Islands off the north west coast of Australia in October 1952.
At Woolwich, the high explosives were prepared, whilst at Windscale work was underway to produce the plutonium Aldermaston needed to cast the fissile core.
Safely arrived and with the final preparations of the nuclear device complete, Plym awaited her fate.
www.awe.co.uk /main_site/about_awe/history/timeline/1952/index.html   (284 words)

 Blue Danube (nuclear weapon) - Kojiu.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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Blue Danube (nuclear weapon) Blue Danube was the first operational British nuclear weapon.
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 Did you mean Blue or search result for Blue?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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 No. 1321 Flight RAF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
1321 Flight RAF was established at RAF Wittering in April 1954 as a Vickers Valiant unit to integrate the Blue Danube nuclear weapon into Royal Air Force service.
The ballistic performance of the weapon was found to be so good that there was a risk of it not leaving the slipstream of the bomber and consequently flying along with the aircraft.
Strakes were thus fitted to the underside of the fuselage, just forward of the bomb bay in order to disrupt the flow of air around that part of the aircraft enough to force the bomb to fall away.
www.info-pedia.net /about/no_1321_flight_raf   (264 words)

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