fuel-air explosive

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Noun1.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
explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
aerosol bomb, fuel-air bomb, thermobaric bomb, vacuum bomb, volume-detonation bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive; "a thermobaric bomb can create overpressures equal to an atomic bomb"
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RADM John Stufflebeem, deputy operations director for the Joint Staff, said recently that the military may not have any more fuel-air explosives.
In other words, if a thermobaric weapon can be considered a part of the fuel-air explosive family, the contrary is not necessarily true.
The fuel-air explosive has had a far more sensational existence in myth and propaganda than in actual war.