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Haynes Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual
1945 onwards (strategic and tactical delivery systems) - An insight into the science, design and engineering of tactical and strategic nuclear delivery systems
Author: Dr David Baker

During the deep chill of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union accumulated a total inventory of more than 60,000 nuclear weapons, almost all of which were far more destructive in explosive yield than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War. Today, there are far fewer nuclear weapons in the hands of the super-powers but more countries have them and others aspire to be part of the 'nuclear club'. This is the story of how the nuclear arms race took off and proliferated, how the weapons were designed, and the processes necessary to build them.

Much misinformation has been published by those who support, as well as those who are against, the continued deployment of nuclear weapons as instruments of deterrence. This book provides an apolitical description of nuclear weapons, how they are designed, how they work and how they are assigned to different targets in the event of conflict.

The engaging text provides a description of what nuclear weapons are, how they are categorised, how they would be sent to their targets and how they have changed, as revealed through their design and potential application. As well as technical descriptions, this manual provides a quick understanding to these weapons expressed in a dispassionate and factual manner and providing information which many people find hard or impossible to obtain.

Nuclear weapons do exist and they cannot be wished away, and because of that, an entirely fact-based and balanced account is helpful to those who seek to understand this emotively sensitive subject. This book incorporates a balance of cutaway diagrams, images of hardware and test equipment, facilities and delivery systems, and traces the evolution of nuclear weapons over the past 70 years, with the emphasis on strategic nuclear delivery systems today.

Author: Dr David Baker, an Englishman, worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990 and has written more than 100 books on space flight and military technology. He has also served as an advisor to the US Government, notably during the Reagan administration, and was closely involved with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and 'Star Wars' ballistic missile defence system during the height of the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s. His previous titles for Haynes include NASA Mars Rovers ManualInternational Space Station ManualNASA Space Shuttle ManualApollo 13 ManualSoyuz ManualRocket Manual and Hubble Space Telescope Manual. He lives in East Sussex.

  • ISBN: 9781785211393
  • Format: Hardback
  • Product Pages: 192
  • Dimensions: 270 x 210 x 13 mm
  • Illustrations: more than 300 illustrations – including Haynes cutaway diagrams, charts and images of nuclear weapons and tests.


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1945 onwards (strategic and tactical delivery systems) - An insight into the science, design and engineering of tactical and strategic nuclear delivery systems


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