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Ten Deadliest Weapons In The World

Ten Deadliest Weapons In The World

Even though wars have always been a significant driver of technological advancement, the development of weapons capable of causing mass destruction only began in the last century.

​​​​​​War should never be encouraged, but the following weapons are undeniably powerful.

Here are ten of the most powerful and dangerous weapons ever devised by humans.

Even though some of these weapons have ancient ancestry, you won't be surprised to learn that they were all created in our time.

10. RPD (Rocket Propelled Granade)

With the RPG, you can shoulder-fire anti-tank rockets. After being modelled after Nazi Germany's Panzerfaust, it was transformed into a dreaded anti-tank weapon.

A rocket-propelled grenade, which costs little money and requires little skill, can destroy a tank worth millions of dollars. During the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong and the People's Army used it extensively against the Americans.

When the Soviet Army attacked Afghanistan, the Mujahideen encountered it and quickly learned how to use it against tanks and other armoured vehicles.

The American army developed its RPG in the mid-1950s, dubbed the LAW (lightweight antitank weapon). Since their inception, RPGs have posed a threat to tanks and armoured vehicles.

9. DSR-50 The .50 cal Sniper Rifle

The DSR-50 bolt-action sniper rifle can fire the lethal.50 cal BMG round. It was based on the DSR-1, a sniper rifle specifically designed for police sharpshooters.

The DSR-50 has an integrated hydraulic recoil damping system in the buttstock as well as an integral muzzle brake to reduce perceived muzzle blast.

Because this weapon was designed to pierce (lightly) armoured military vehicles, we'll leave the details of what happens when you shoot a person to your imagination. 

8. Flamethrower

A flamethrower is classified as an incendiary weapon because it is specifically designed to project fire in a long, controllable stream.

Flamethrowers were first used by the Greeks in the first century AD.

The Germans used modern flamethrowers in the First World War and more frequently in the Second World War.

The main military application for flamethrowers was to attack fortifications, bunkers, and other defensive structures.

In civilian life, flamethrowers are more commonly used for agricultural purposes, such as clearing fields.

Portable flamethrowers typically consist of two parts (a fuel backpack and an output tube), but they can also be mounted on a vehicle for convenience.

7. Schwerer Gustav

Gustav could launch a seven-ton shell from 47 kilometres away. When fully assembled, the "Schwerer Gustav" weighed nearly 1,350 tons.

The Germans developed this piece of artillery in preparation for the Battle of France. When the battle began, the largest gun in World War II was unprepared.

The static defences of the Maginot Line were quickly outflanked and isolated by the Wehrmacht's Blitzkrieg invasion of Belgium, forcing them to surrender without serious casualties and eliminating the need to demolish the fortifications.

It was the heaviest mobile artillery weapon ever built, both in terms of overall weight and the shells it could fire.

It was also the largest-calibre artillery piece ever used in battle.

6. Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier

Nimitz Class - With a height of more than 1000 feet, the aircraft carriers of the Nimitz Class are the world's largest warships.

They are the most expensive, each costing approximately US$4.5 billion.

The 100,000-ton carriers can carry up to 90 aircraft and are outfitted with anti-aircraft guns and missiles.

They are expected to work for the next fifty years.

The Gerald R. Ford Class successor, which will be even larger and cost around US$12 billion, is currently being built in the United States.

Instead of the gas turbines or diesel-electric systems found on modern warships, the carriers' four propeller shafts are powered by two nuclear reactors, allowing them to reach top speeds of more than 30 knots.

5. Chimera Virus

In ancient mythology, a chimera is an animal created from various animal parts, such as a hippogriff or a griffin, which perfectly describes this virus.

The chimera virus can be created by combining the DNA of two or more different viruses.

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union experimented with them by injecting the genetic material of another virus into smallpox (or other) viruses to create chimeras.

This procedure ensures that the new virus has the ability to spread a completely different infection while retaining the virulence and microscopic appearance of smallpox.

This genetic engineering advancement makes viral agents more lethal by allowing them to avoid existing medications and vaccines.

4. Russia’s Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power

The “Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power” (also called the “Father of All Bombs”), developed by the Russians, was successfully tested before being made public in 2007. 

According to reports, the FOAB is four times less powerful than the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US military.

Because of its pressure wave and blast, it has an impact similar to that of a small nuclear weapon, but on a smaller scale.

Extreme temperatures and a supersonic shockwave are created when the bomb detonates in midair.

When compared to conventional explosives, thermobaric weapons produce longer, more sustained blast waves with higher temperatures.

As a result, they deal more damage over a larger area than conventional weapons of comparable mass.

They produce more energy than usual, making them more difficult to control.


The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is one type of ballistic missile that can be guided to its target.

It was designed primarily for nuclear weapon transportation and has a minimum range of 3,400 miles.

ICBMs can be launched from various platforms such as aircraft, submarines, missile silos, and vehicles.

They became an important part of the MAD doctrine because they gave the nation the ability to retaliate and eliminate the enemy.

It effectively guaranteed a follow-up attack on the adversary.

As technology advanced, the MIRV enabled an ICBM to launch multiple nuclear warheads at the same time.


The Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle, or MIRV, is a multi-warhead ballistic missile payload.

Each warhead can be directed at a different target. In the past, only one nuclear bomb could be carried by a single missile and targeted by a single warhead.

The next advancement was the multiple reentry vehicle (MRV) missile.

It could carry several warheads that were dispersed but not individually aimed, producing a shotgun-like blast.

The MIRV solved this problem by making all warheads targetable.

1. Tsar Bomba

In every way, the Tsar Bomba qualifies as a weapon of mass destruction. The weapon was the Soviet Union's response to the United States' nuclear program.

The bomb was massive and was designed to destroy everything. There was always only one that went off, and that was sufficient.

The Tsar Bomba remains the most powerful explosive ever detonated by humans. Of course, the most powerful nuclear bomb ever dropped produced a massive mushroom cloud.

The mushroom cloud, according to estimates, reached a height of up to 40 miles in the sky, which is roughly seven times higher than Mount Everest.

At this altitude, the cloud penetrated both the stratosphere and the mesosphere.

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