vacuum bomb

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Noun1.vacuum bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosivevacuum bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive; "a thermobaric bomb can create overpressures equal to an atomic bomb"
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
FAE, fuel-air explosive - a device consisting of a container of fuel and two explosive charges; the first charge bursts open the fuel container at a predetermined height and spreads the fuel in a cloud that mixes with atmospheric oxygen; the second charge detonates the cloud which creates an enormous blast wave and incinerates whatever is below
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The employment of a thermobaric weapon against a population is about half a war crime," de Tricht wrote.
The TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System is a 220mm 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis.
Aiming at a firing line of blue or gray uniforms that might contain a former neighbor and that is, probably, preparing to fire back at you seems different in fundamental ways than putting a thermobaric weapon into the midst of a meeting at which a soccer-playing alleged terrorist (and known father) sits.
Like its US predecessor, first tested in 2003, the Russian "dad of all bombs" is a so-called thermobaric weapon that explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast.
When aircrews drop such munitions in training as the EGBU-15 Thermobaric weapon, effects models help to build an understanding of delivery requirements and weapon-performance characteristics.
During this same period I was asked by DDR&E to serve as the technical program officer for the DoD to lead advanced energetics for the Department and to lead the thermobaric weapon development (BLU-118) and Hellfire II.
In December 2001, DTRA once again organized a quick response team to develop, in a matter of weeks, the BLU-118/B Thermobaric Weapon, designed to attack the enemy in deep cave areas.
In other words, if a thermobaric weapon can be considered a part of the fuel-air explosive family, the contrary is not necessarily true.
Steve Younger, director of the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency recently discussed the attributes of the high-explosive thermobaric weapon, which has been used in Afghanistan.
Experts at Jane's Infantry Weapons said the Russians had first developed a thermobaric weapon nicknamed the Shmel in the mid-1980s.