Why Russia's Nuclear Weapons are the Most Deadly in the World

Russia has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world. From megaton hydrogen bombs to tactical ballistic missiles, it’s safe to say that these weapons are the most terrifying around. This article explores why Russia’s Nuclear Weapons are the most dangerous in the world.

What Is a Nuclear Weapon

A nuclear weapon, also known as an atomic bomb, is a weapon of mass destruction. It works by using an explosion to create a reaction that releases a large amount of energy. This results in damage comparable to or greater than conventional weapons. Nuclear weapons were first developed during World War II. They have been used twice in war: against Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The first nation to develop them was Russia, followed by Britain and then America. Today there are nine countries with nuclear weapons: Russia, China, France, Britain, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel (which has never admitted it has such arms). These nine countries have about 15000 nuclear warheads between them. 


The History of the Development of a Nuclear Weapon

For years, scientists have been trying to create a nuclear weapon. The idea of creating a bomb began as early as 1895. Many people were researching how they could make an explosion using radioactive material and explosives. It wasn’t until 1932 that these two things were finally combined together. A new atomic reaction was produced when uranium was bombarded with neutrons, which made it unstable and cause an atomic explosion. The first successful test of a nuclear weapon occurred on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 am near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Scientists took six months to plan and prepare for the first test detonation in history. After many tests, President Truman gave his approval for dropping nuclear weapons on Japan. Two bombs were dropped, one on Hiroshima and one on Nagasaki. This ended World War II by ending Japan’s ability to fight back against U.S forces. Nuclear weapons have had a great impact on our world since their creation over 70 years ago.

Why Are They Dangerous

Russia has some of the most powerful nuclear weapons on Earth. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at these 10 statistics about nuclear weapons and how dangerous they really are: 

1. The US and Russia own about 92% of all nuclear weapons. 

2. In total, there are over 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide. 

3. There have been more than 2,000 nuclear tests since 1945. 

4. A single Russian submarine can carry 16 nuclear missiles that could destroy an entire city or military base with just one strike. 

5. Nuclear bombs release enormous amounts of energy—enough to completely destroy everything within a large radius. 

6. The first nuclear weapon was detonated during WWII by America against Japan in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing thousands instantly and injuring many more who later died from radiation poisoning.

7. Since then, nuclear weapons have only been used twice—both times by America against Japan during WWII to end the war quickly before their troops were forced to invade mainland Japan. 

8. In order to create a nuclear weapon, you need highly enriched uranium or plutonium. 

9. The US and Russia both keep large stockpiles of nuclear weapons on high alert at all times—ready for immediate use if needed. 

10. Nuclear weapons are extremely dangerous to manufacture, transport, store, and detonate.

The History of Russia's Nuclear Weapons

The origins of Russian nuclear weapons date back to September 1949, when President Harry S. Truman directed then-Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson to formulate a plan for acquiring special weapons. In 1950, President Truman gave formal approval for development of both atomic and hydrogen bombs by top secret order. The same year, Soviet authorities put their own first atomic weapon research into action under Igor Kurchatov, codenamed The First Special Laboratory. By 1953, teams led by Yuli Khariton and Igor Tamm developed a nuclear fusion design using lithium deuteride as fuel that became known as RDS-6s or Joe-4. Following successful tests, it was deployed in 1955 on board a Tupolev Tu-4 bomber jet. As time went on, nuclear weaponry became more and more advanced until they reached unprecedented levels during Cold War period between United States and Soviet Union. This period is often referred to as The Arms Race. Nuclear weapons have become so powerful that they could potentially destroy entire countries with one strike. It is estimated that there are over 15 thousand nuclear warheads across Earth today (most of them belong to Russia).

Why Russia's Nuclear Weapons are the Most Deadly in the World

At least on paper, Russia’s nuclear weapons arsenal is more powerful than that of any other country. In terms of megatonnage (the destructive force a bomb can unleash), it trumps China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea combined. By most accounts, it has enough firepower to kill billions of people. In terms of deadliness per unit—measured by some combination of explosive yield and missile delivery systems—Russia’s nuclear stockpile reigns supreme. But here’s why Moscow may not be number one for long: The US military is reportedly working on a new nuclear weapon. Known as B61-12, its mission will be to replace an older nuclear warhead carried by long-range bombers and cruise missiles. It will also be smaller than existing bombs; instead of being dropped from jets or launched from submarines, it will be mounted onto smaller fighter planes like F-15E Strike Eagles or F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.


Moscow has a much more advanced nuclear arsenal than people think. A nuclear weapon is one of several tools Moscow uses to achieve its foreign policy objectives. The Russian government doesn’t let its nuclear arsenal become an end unto itself—because, after all, weapons don’t win wars by themselves; people do.

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