Soviet neutron bomb

AFAIK soviets did not deploy any neutron bombs in 1980s
What if they did ? How will this change the balance of power in the realm of tactical nuclear weapons
 
AFAIK soviets did not deploy any neutron bombs in 1980s
What if they did ? How will this change the balance of power in the realm of tactical nuclear weapons
The Soviets did deploy enhanced radiation warheads (aka neutron bombs), especially on their ABM’s.

Literally nothing would change even if they didn’t. Nobody used nuclear weapons during the Cold War.
 
Yeah. Technical nerds might drool and quibble over the specifications of the “Neutron Scud” or whatever, but beyond that nobody’s going to care or act differently.
 
The Soviets did deploy enhanced radiation warheads (aka neutron bombs), especially on their ABM’s. Literally nothing would change even if they didn’t. Nobody used nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

can you point me to a source that states soviets deployed it , all I could find is that they tested it but did not deploy it

thanks
 
can you point me to a source that states soviets deployed it , all I could find is that they tested it but did not deploy it

thanks

“The only country definitely known to deploy dedicated (that is, not dial-a-yield) neutron warheads for any length of time is the Soviet Union/Russia,[6] which inherited the USSR's neutron warhead equipped ABM-3 Gazelle missile program. This ABM system contains at least 68 neutron warheads with a 10 kiloton yield each and it has been in service since 1995, with inert missile testing approximately every other year since then (2014). The system is designed to destroy incoming endoatmospheric nuclear warheads aimed at Moscow and other targets and is the lower-tier/last umbrella of the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system (NATO reporting name: ABM-3).[7]
 
The Soviets did deploy enhanced radiation warheads (aka neutron bombs), especially on their ABM’s.

Literally nothing would change even if they didn’t. Nobody used nuclear weapons during the Cold War.
Will it decrease the threshold to use nukes if it does not involve massive destruction ?
Was this delivered by both surface burst and air burst method too ?
 
Will it decrease the threshold to use nukes if it does not involve massive destruction ?
Was this delivered by both surface burst and air burst method too ?
The point of Neutron Warheads with ABM systems was that was the best way to damge incoming nuclear warhead inside the atmosphere, to get it to fizzle or cook off before proper detonation. Outside of the atmosphere, the warheads like used with Spartan were focused for X-ray heating to damage the heatshield and electronics of the RV

For use?
A nuke is a nuke is a nuke.
Once one is popped off, of whatever type or apparent yield, it is likely the Genie is released and everything flies very shortly afterwards the 1st goes off.
 
if it does not involve massive destruction ?
Massive destruction is pretty much what nukes do. Even the teensy Davy Crockett size ones made a big old mess. It appears no one was very tempted to let one of those off, which had presumably the lowest threshold ever. A neutron nuke is several orders of magnitude worse.
 
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