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M34 Bomb

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Overview


The M34 cluster bomb was first tested by the Air force and Army Chemical Corps in 1954. The 1,000 pound bomb contained 76 Sarin-filled bomblets that, upon deployment a parachute opened up on each bomblet and guided it to earth (#Tucker, 2006).

The M34's design was frozen in 1950 in order to be able to create a large enough stockpile for the Korean War. The bombs were never used in combat and most were destroyed in the late 1960s by either sea dumping through the CHASE program or disassembly (#Tucker, 2006).

References



Tucker, Johnathon B. War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda. Pantheon Books, 2006.

Picture Reference
M34 picture retreived from HISTORY OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE: AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE. Smart, Jeffrey.

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