The U.S. Military Had ‘Suitcase’ Nuclear Weapons

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Foxtrot Alpha: Here’s How You Use a Backpack Nuke

The Special Atomic Demolition Munition, AKA the SADM, AKA “a backpack nuke,” is what it sounds like. It’s a nuke that can fit in a backpack. Here’s how you use one. You know, just in case you were wondering.

The SADM, with an explosive yield equivalent to anywhere from 10 to 1,000 tons of TNT, was designed to be used by a two-person team, and conveniently enough it fit into what looks like a large backpack. The first person was there to actually carry and detonate the thing, and the second person just to help out with stuff, as this helpful and unusually chipper video from the U.S. military in the 1960s explains:


WNU Editor: What strikes me about this weapon is its weight and size. That a backpack that weighs  60lb has a nuclear device that deliver a 1,000 ton explosion.

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