How do you destroy nuclear weapons?
Where do governments keep their nuclear weapons? How exactly do you destroy them? Is the process safe? If not, why, what are the risks? Does it take a long time to destroy them? Is it expensive?
I know there are a lot of questions, but if you know the answer to any of them, please answer. I need to know this for tomorrow.
Thanks in advance.
- johntrottierLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Nuclear weapons are either loaded onto missiles that are "locked and loaded" and ready to go, like the ones on Trident missile subs, or they are stored in deep dark guarded bunkers, ready to be loaded if ever needed. Where are these bunkers?
If I told you, we would both be toast.
Destroying nuclear weapons is quite expensive. First they have to be moved from those secret bunkers to the Pantex Plant, where they can be disassembled. After all, the Pantex plant, built them, so they are about the only one's qulified to take them apart.
The explosives, detonators and safeguards are all removed, followed by the removal of the "nuclear material"
The plutonium is then turned into a form that you can't use for a bomb, and stored.
No one does ANYTHING in a hurry there. (Gee, I wonder why?)
So yes it takes quite a bit of time, and yes it is expensive.
But given what could happen if someone said "ooopsy"
I'm not complaining
- SteveLv 78 years ago
Nuclear weapons are kept in the missile silos. Bombs are kept in secure and hardened bunkers.
Destruction is done by removing the detonator and the nuclear material. Then the missile body or bomb casing is destroyed mechanically (crushed, shredded, smashed etc...)
It is quite safe. Nuclear weapons are probably safer than conventional explosives since there are many parts to them. Remove any one of those parts and the weapon can't function. Of course, there is the nuclear material to worry about, but they have protective suits for that.
IT does take time to dismantle nuclear weapons. The process can be done only by specially trained individuals. I understand it's very methodical and slow going. It may take several years to destroy 1,000 missiles, but I'm really not clear on the length of the process.
Yes it is costly, but you "recover" the costs by what you are NOT spending on weapons upkeep.
- ?Lv 43 years ago
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- Anonymous8 years ago
In all truth you can only deactivate the detonation device but the material stays pretty lethal for about 10,000 years. Human stupidity runs deep within the last 3 or 4 generations.