atomic warhead


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Noun1.atomic warhead - the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bombatomic warhead - the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
atomic weapon, nuclear weapon - a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
payload, warhead, load - the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents
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This week, the agency reported Iranian advances in calculating the explosive power of an atomic warhead.
Reports show Iran has advanced work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models.
Although it stopped short of making an outright accusation of weapons programs, it detailed activities it said showed computer modeling of a nuclear warhead, testing explosives in a large chamber at the Parchin military base near Tehran and studying how to arm a Shahab 3 missile with an atomic warhead.
Sir John was distinguished for his courage in Second World War bomb disposal operations - which earned him a George Cross - and for his post-war leadership of the RAF team involved in the assembly of Britain's first atomic warhead.
It does not matter that Pyongyang may not yet have the technology to mount an atomic warhead on a missile and target it with pinpoint accuracy.
Fears have been raised by the discovery of what appear to be drawings for an atomic warhead.
Formerly, delivering an atomic warhead 5,000 miles to Europe would have required a missile weighing 500 tons.
It also pointed out that Iran would face serious 'engineering challenges', and much longer delays, before it would be able to use the material in an atomic warhead, CBS News reports.
Diplomats say reports from Israel, the US and at least two other Western countries within the past few years show Iran has advanced work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models.
Although it stopped short of making an outright accusation of weapons programmes, it detailed activities it said showed computer modelling of a nuclear warhead, testing explosives in a large chamber at the Parchin military base near Tehran and studying how to arm a Shahab 3 missile with an atomic warhead.
Much of Iran's nuclear activities are already under the control of the IAEA, including uranium enrichment - a process which can both produce the fuel for a nuclear reactor and the fissile material for an atomic warhead.
Iran remained adamant, however, pushing it ahead with controversial enrichment activities that can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the fissile material for an atomic warhead.