I will be writing a separate piece on the likely end of the Joe Biden President. For now I want to present something that my old friend, Command Paul Evancoe USN(RET), wrote last March. Paul was an exceptional Navy SEAL and is an extraordinary man. Now, Here is Paul:
Nearly everything we read about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine mentions their use of thermobaric weapons. Of course, the media does not explain what that means. So – here’s a quick, concise summary that will allow you to sound like a genuine expert.
The thermobaric weapon, also known as a fuel air explosive (FAE), is a two-stage munition. The first-stage charge creates an aerosol cloud above the target made up of very fine material – from a highly volatile carbon-based fuel (butane, propane, etc) that may also include micron-size metal particles (magnesium, aluminum, etc.) as a booster/intensifier. Once the cloud is formed and has adequate time (we’re talking micro seconds) to mix with the surrounding air (so it can oxygenate), a second charge known as a detonating charge (more than one may be used depending upon the design and size of the weapon) is projected into the center of the cloud, detonating it. The ensuing detonation creates a very lethal massive explosion with a huge overpressure shock wave that is instaniously followed by a vacuum that sucks all surrounding oxygen (air) away from the target area. This is followed by a second shock wave – actually a thunder clap as the air rushes back in to fill the vacuum void. The blast wave lasts significantly longer than a conventional explosive because of it lower velocity of detonation. Along with the searing heat it creates, it is capable of instantly vaporizing human bodies within its blast radius.
Such weapons are used for a variety of purposes and come in a range of sizes. Extremely large, air-dropped versions are designed to destroy caves and tunnel complexes. The U.S. first used them in the Vietnam War along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to stop the delivery of arms and troops from the north to the south and to flatten jungle areas for use as helicopter landing zones. The US also relied on them to eliminate al-Qaida hiding in mountain caves in Afghanistan. Russia is now using them in a “bunker-buster” role to destroy defensive positions in Ukraine.
The major detractor in their use is that they are far from surgical. When used in an urban area, house flattening, lung embolisms, broken ear drums, etc. collateral damage is unavoidable. I hope this helps with your understanding.
Speaking of great guys, I was honored to be the first live guest on The Duran in 2023. Sitting down for a chat with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris is always a scintillating experience. I apologize for some of the glitches in the broadcast. I have the highest possible speed for my router, but seem to have problems with Streamyard. (If anyone has any ideas how to solve this problem let me know).