The arms race: The development of nuclear warheads


The development of nuclear warhead

The atomic bomb

  • Developed by the US first and used to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
  • Soivets determined to follow suit and successfully tested an atomic device in August 1949.

The hydrogen bomb

  • Following the Soviet test of the atomic bomb, Truman commissioned the development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • The US's Mike Tests of November 1952 resulted in a megaton explosion 1,000 times that of the explosion at Hiroshima.
  • USSR was determined to catch up and produced its own H-bomb in within a year.

The arms race 1950 - 1960

The US

  • 1950 -


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