Sunday, October 21, 2012
This is coolbert:
You have to wonder about this one.
The ASTOR. Anti-submarine torpedo. From the period in recent military history when nuclear war was thought to be not only probable but also high likely.
American nuclear equipped torpedo THE DETONATION OF WHICH WOULD DESTROY BOTH THE FRIENDLY AND HOSTILE AT THE SAME TIME!!
"The Mark 45 anti-submarine torpedo, a.k.a. ASTOR, was a submarine-launched wire-guided nuclear torpedo designed by the United States Navy for use against high-speed, deep-diving, enemy submarines . . . The blast radius from the nuclear warhead was greater than the ASTOR's range, and it was assumed that firing the torpedo would cause the destruction of both the attacking and target submarines."
"When fitted with the W34 warhead, ASTOR was considered to have a kill probability of 2 (or 'Him and Me'), because the underwater blast radius was greater than the standard range of the torpedo."
Back when it was all the rage to devise and deploy to the field [under the ocean too] nuclear weapons, ASTOR was seen as an inevitable development?
Taken out of the inventory long ago [as have been many other nuclear weapons and warheads] BETTER and easier ways of dealing with the opposition having been found conventional in nature and FAR LESS LETHAL to the friendly.