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Nuclear Weapons

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'''Nuclear Weapons''' are the most common and well-known examples of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). While the [[Ares Conventions]] were meant to try and prevent their usage, they have played a pivotal and horrific role in shaping the nature of the [[Inner Sphere]].
By the [[31st Century]] most nuclear weapons were ancient, dating back to the time of the [[Amaris Crisis]] or the early [[Succession Wars]], but many nations in the Inner Sphere and [[Periphery]] periodically refurbish their stockpiles, if only to maintain a secrete level of readiness or as a last desperate gambit. To actually use a nuclear weapon is considered a "crime against humanity" per Articles I and VI of the Ares Convention, however many governments are willing to look the other way when "extreme circumstances" warrant their use.<ref name=JHS130>''Jihad Hot Spots: 3070'', p. 130</ref>
==Standard Nuclear Weapons==
While a wide variety of tactical nuclear weapons exist, there are a number of common models which can be found in the arsenals of most militaries. There also exist larger strategic weapons, which includes anything greater than 500 kilotons up to the massive 50 megaton warheads deployed during the [[Amaris Crisis]] and the early [[Succession Wars]].<ref name=JHS131>''Jihad Hot Spots: 3070'', p. 131</ref>
===Davy Crockett===
The '''Alamo''' is a 5 kiloton nuclear missile which can be carried by [[Aerospace Fighter|aerospace]] and [[conventional fighter]]s. They can be used either in space or in an atmosphere to attack air and ground targets, but don't have the range for orbital bombardments or to attack targets in orbit. Though fairly lightweight at only five tons, an Alamo still imposes a negative impact on negatively affects the carrying fighter's flight characteristics per missile carried(only fighters of 50 tons or greater can carry an Alamo, while only a 100-ton fighter can carry two). When used in an atmosphere an Alamo can either operate in ground- or air-burst modeswith a range of over ten kilometers, which it can travel in just twenty seconds.<ref name=JHS134/>
===Santa Ana===