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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]].
==OverviewDescription ==By the [[thirty-first century]] most nuclear weapons were ancient, dating back to the time of the [[Amaris Crisis]] or the early [[Succession Wars (History)|Succession Wars]], but many nations in the Inner Sphere and [[Periphery]] periodically refurbish their stockpiles, if only to maintain a secret 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"JHS:3070p130+">''Jihad Hot Spots: 3070'', ppp. 130-131, "Nuclear Weapons"</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"JHS: 3070'', p. 131<3070p130+"/ref>'
===Davy Crockett===The '''Davy Crockett''' is a compact half-kiloton nuclear device available in two different variations. The ''Davy Crockett-I'' is a one-shot infantry support weapon carried at the [[platoon]] level. Besides the warhead itself this version includes a special launcher system and booster rockets, weighing in total three tons. Unfortunately the ''Davy Crockett-I'' has a maximum range of a little over one kilometer, which means the attacking infantry are as likely to be caught within the blast effect as the defenders are; as such they are not popular among the troops. The ''Davy Crockett-M'' meanwhile can be launched via [[Arrow IV]] or [[Long Tom]] and, while heavier than normal rounds at one ton each, behave exactly as their normal munitions do. Both versions of the ''Davy Crockett'' operate in ground-burst mode only.<ref name=JHS134"JHS:3070p134">''Jihad Hot Spots: 3070'', p. 134, "Standard Nuclear Weapons"</ref>
===Alamo===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 while in an atmosphere. Though fairly lightweight at only five tons, an Alamo still 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 modes with a range of over ten kilometers, which it can travel in just twenty seconds.<ref name=JHS134"JHS:3070p134"/>
===Santa Ana===The '''Santa Ana''' is a 50 kiloton nuclear warhead mounted on a [[White Shark]] missile, allowing it to be launched from a White Shark or [[AR-10]] launcher.<ref name="H:RW196">''Historical: Reunification War'' , p. 196, "Biological And Chemical Weapons"</ref> In addition to being fired by [[WarShip]]s at other space targets or to perform planetary bombardments, special purpose-built missile silos can launch these missiles at orbital or surface targets. When operating within an atmosphere the missile has a maximum range of 5,000 kilometers, which it can travel in approximately eleven and a half minutes.<ref name=JHS134"JHS:3070p134"/>
===Peacemaker===The '''Peacemaker''' is a 500 kiloton nuclear missile, the largest tactical nuclear weapon, which is based on the [[Killer Whale]] missile and can be fired from an appropriate launcher.<ref name=H:RW196/> It can also be launched by purpose-built silos to attack either surface or orbital targets. When operating in an atmosphere, the Peacemaker takes just a little over twenty-three minutes to travel it maximum range of 10,000 kilometers.<ref>''Jihad Hot Spots: 3070'', p. 135, "Peacemaker"</ref>
*''[[Historical: Reunification War]]''
*''[[Jihad Hot Spots: 3070]]''