Big Eye binary chemical bomb

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From DefenseImagery.mil, an artist's concept of a Big Eye bomb, an aircraft delivered binary chemical bomb. This is the first weapon to generate a persistent nerve agent from two non-toxic chemicals. These non-toxic agents are shipped and stored separately, eliminating the possibility of toxic agent formation prior to a mission requirement. The Big Eye is a joint U.S. Navy-Air Force development program and will be compatible with most Navy and Air Force tactical aircraft. Date shot: 4/1/1982

Source:http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imagery.html#a=search&s=artist%27s%20concept&p=14&guid=730e73ecc83422eaf7c4b250ab22d1a06b6f93f9

For additional information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigeye_bomb
 

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According to "Weapons of Mass Destruction - An Encyclopedia of Worldwide Policy, Technology, and History" - Volume One, the BLU-80 Bigeye would have been carried by tactical aircraft (e.g. A-6 or F-111), an would have delivered binary VX nerve agent.

200 test articles were produced, but full rate production never started. This was due to several technical problems with the bomb (fuzing, mixing of the binary components, etc.) as well as the 1990 Chemical Weapons Destruction Plan).

The attached image, from http://www.air-and-space.com/20020625%20China%20Lake/DCP00487%20BLU-80%20Bigeye%20l.jpg, shows a BLU-80/B

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
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