These are the 11 most dangerous weapons ever invented in the world. From machine guns to napalm bombs to RPG’s, these deadly weapons of war are created to kill.
These are the 11 most dangerous weapons in the world. Just hope you’ll never have to come across these deadly killing machines.
Number 11: The Maxim Machine Gun
The Maxim Machine Gun—invented in 1883 by Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim—was the first recoil-operated machine gun. It’s most associated with the British imperial conquest and was used at the Battle Shangani in 1893 where only four maximum guns were needed by 700 British soldiers to decimate three thousand Matabele (or modern-day Zimbabwe warriors). What set the maxim apart from earlier models was that it harnessed the recoil power of each bullet to load into the next, allowing for bullets to fire automatically in a single barrel. It’s self-powered & can fire 600 rounds per minute, which equaled the firepower of 30 bolt-action rifles of the time. In 1889, Sir Maxim licensed it to the British Army. Just a year later the Australian, German, Italian, Swiss, and Russian armies used this innovation to inspire their own machine gun designs.
10: The Flamehrower
First used during World War I, the flamethrower is an incendiary weapon that projects a stream of fire in two trenches filled with enemy soldiers. German-born Richard Fiedler develop the “flammenwerfer,” (or “flamethrower”) which consisted a backpack of fuel attached with a cylinder of compressed air, a pressure gauge, a starter valve, and an electric battery. It caused panic in the trenches as it set ablaze soldiers in their surroundings, causing them to flee from their underground shelters to be picked off. Its most notable use by the Germans was during a surprise attack on the British in July of 1915, in which the Germans pushed out and slaughtered nearly 800 trenched enemies in two days. The success led to both the British and French armies adopting the weapon design for their use in WWI as well. Flamethrower soldiers had a low life expectancy as they were extremely targeted on all sides due to the fact that the fuel backpack would sometimes explode upon impact or from malfunction.
9: Schwerer Gustav
Schwerer Gustav is the largest caliber rifle the world to this day. Weighing nearly 1,350 tons and firing shells weighing 7 tons up to a range of 47 kilometers (or 29 miles). This railway siege gun was developed by the Krupp industries of Germany in the late 1930s. Its intended purpose was to destroy French forts of renowned strength. It was later employed in the Soviet Union to destroy bedrock, where munitions were known to be buried under. It was than prepared to be used in the Warsaw Uprising but the rebellion ended before it was able to be fired. At end of the war in 1945, Schwerer Gustav was destroyed in order to prevent the Red Army from using its massive destructive power.
8: The Napalm Bomb
Napalm is an explosive, jelly-like mixture of plastic polystyrene, hydrocarbon benzene, & gasoline. It can stick almost all surfaces—especially human skin—and burns up to 10 minutes at over 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (or 2,760 degrees Celsius). Napalm was secretly developed in 1942 by a team of chemists at Harvard University in Massachusetts. It was extensively used by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War to burn down sections of forests & bushes, further elping them eliminate guerrilla warriors. Later, it was developed into incendiary bombs with added magnesium and lead. The magnesium irritated burns even more when water was applied, while lead cause poisoning to exposed flesh. Napalm bombs dropped from the sky were capable of destroying up to 2,500 square yards. Between 1965 to 1973, eight million tons of these napalm bombs were dropped over Vietnam.
The Russian-made RPG is a handheld anti-tank grenade launcher. It’s the most widely used anti-armor weapon in the world and can penetrate up to 26 inches of metal. This shoulder-fired weapon fires rockets with explosive warheads. Russian manufacturer Bazalt gave it the ability to hit moving targets up to 300 meters away and stationary targets at 500 meters away. Some variations exist in different RPG models, which include fin-stabilized rockets, heat-seeking technology, & night vision sights. The weapons system itself weighs less than 20 pounds and can be fired by a single operator.
6: P-800 Onyx
Known in export markets a “Yakhont,” the P-800 Onyx is a Russian Soviet supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles. It weighs nearly 7,00 pounds in trouble up to Mach 2.6, or over 2.5 times faster than the speed of sound. Made public in 2001 after 18 years of development, the P-800 Onyx can effectively be launched from land, sea, air, and submarine and can be operated from a maximum of 372 miles away. This 30-foot long missile is powerful enough to sink ships as largest aircraft carriers.
The Russian made Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power is a heat and pressure bomb that first causes a supersonic blast wave, followed by high-temperature explosion that’s twice as hot as that of an TNT explosion. It’s nicknamed the Father Of All Bombs (or FOAB) to compete with the larger U.S.-made GBU-IV3/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb (or Mother Of All Bombs). The FOAB was successfully field tested in September of 2007 after only 100 were manufactured. These are the most powerful non-nuclear bombs in the world. It can be dropped by aircraft and contains 7.8 tons of nanotechnology-based explosives that detonate in midair. The FOAB’s primary blast radius is 600 meters, and a secondary explosion reaches around 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit. According to a top Russian military official, it vaporizes all living things within its blast radius but unlike nuclear explosions does not contaminate the environment.
4: Tsar Bomba
Tsar Bomba—officially known as AN602—is the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever created in the history of the world. It was designed and built in only 15 weeks by a team of 4 Russians in 1961 and was demonstrated at the Mityushikha Bay Test Range in Novaya Zemlya. Weighing 27 tons, Tsar Bomba detonated 2.5 miles off the ground at the test site, creating a two-mile wide fireball & a 40-mile tall mushroom cloud. The pressure force cracked windows 560 miles away in Finland and Norway. But in order to prevent danger to nearby USSR populations, a Tsar Bomba test in 1961 allowed only half of its true capabilities to be demonstrated.
3: Trident II D5 SLBM
The Trident II is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (or SLBM) deployed for the first time in 1990. Once fired, the Trident II can travel as fast as 20,000 feet per second to its target. These new generation missiles are owned by qualifying US and UK submarines that can carry a maximum of 24 submarine-launched ballistic missiles; built by U.S. contractor Lockheed Martin for $30.9 million each. They contain 8 thermonuclear warheads & are 25 times more powerful than the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II.
2: Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers
Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers are the largest warships ever built to this day and only nine of these nuclear-powered ships exist. Each are run with 12 nuclear reactors onboard and do not need refueling for 23 years. The flight deck measures over 1,092 feet long just to be used by 130 F/A-18 Hornet Combat Jets it it’s holding bay. Aircraft can be launched every 20 seconds with its size and crew of 6,000 members. The first Nimitz-class was commissioned in 1975. The 97,000 ton aircraft carrier travels just over 35 miles an hour & costs around 4.5 billion dollars each. Beyond the combat jets’ defensive abilities, the ship is armed with missiles, guns, and electronic weaponry, including 20-mm gatling guns capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute. It can generate enough electricity to supply a city of 100,000 people and provides 400,000 gallons of freshwater from seawater with its distilling units. It acts as a floating air base & contains food and supplies to its inhabitants for 90 days. Deployed to any coast around the world, it’s more than capable to reinforce of military force.
1: R-36 ICBM
Designed in Ukraine during the Cold War, the R-36 family of intercontinental ballistic missiles (or ICBMs) is powerful enough to initiate a nuclear holocaust. It has a range of up to 16,000 miles, the longest-range ICBM in the world. It’s also the heaviest, weighing 8.8 tons. Its explosive ability—measured in kilotons—is up to 750 kilotons; enough to completely destroy three average-sized American states. Kept by countries mostly as a threat to one another, the R36 is used to launch satellites into space and to destroy asteroids over 100 meters wide that get too close to Earth’s orbit.