The high temperature shockwave reaches much farther than any conventional weapon. Gases are consumed in the blast creating a partial vacuum that exacerbates property damage and injuries to animals and people.
Russian deputy armed forces chief of staff, Alexander Rukshin, said the vacuum bomb has the explosive and destructive power commensurate with a nuclear weapon, and that "all that is alive merely evaporates."
Taking the opportunity to tout Russia's green credentials, Ruskshin added, "... I want to stress that the action of this weapon does not contaminate the environment ..."
Oh, that's very considerate. I know I will appreciate being evaporated while the environment is unharmed. I'm sure Gaia will remember the kindness of Russians.
Reuters and reporter Dmitry Solovyov
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