Nuclear Bomb Backpacks Are a Thing (And 100 Could Be Missing). Tactical nuclear weapons — compacts, small-yield atomic bombs that are not necessarily designed to be rained down on cities from bomber aircraft, nor delivered via Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, but could be an artillery shell, a nuclear torpedo, landmine, or other small and easily transportable devices. One of these tactical nuclear devices is the so-called “backpack” or “suitcase nuke” — essentially a nuclear device so small, it could be transported in a backpack or in a person’s luggage. In the early days of the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union were able to envision warfare in which the limited use of nuclear weapons would take place. In some of these limited use scenarios, small-yield nuclear weapons could be used to prevent the enemy from using certain areas of the battlefield, or for taking out high-value targets or persons with one large explosive device, or for causing the collapse of a mountain to shape the battlefield landscape — with a tactical nuclear bomb.
National Interest 29th March 2020 read more »