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During the war against Iran and Iraq many things happened. The U.S.A gave both Iran and Iraq exclusive weapons. I find it ironic that one country supports both enemies so that they can destroy each other. During the war people were being treated like guine pigs just like in the Holocaust.
"Weapons" is a very broad term. A weapon can refer to anything that can hurt or kill someone. Therefore, there are millions of different types of weapons. Guns and knives are two of the most used today. There are explosive weapons, such as grenades, rockets, mines, or bombs. There are chemical weapons, such as deadly nerve gas.
In medieval times, people had weapons such as swords, lances or spears, axes, or bows.
Weapon development since the Second World War
After World War II, with the onset of the
, the constant technological development of
was institutionalized, as participants engaged in a constant race to develop weapons and counter-weapons. This constant state of weapons development continues into the modern era, and remains a constant draw on the resources of most nations.
The most notable development in weaponry since World War II has been the combination and further development of two
weapons first used in it—
, leading to its ultimate configuration: the
. The mutual possession of these by the
ensured that either nation could inflict terrible damage on the other; so terrible, in fact, that neither nation was willing to instigate direct, all-out war with the other (a phenomenon known as
Mutually Assured Destruction
). The indiscriminate nature of the destruction has made nuclear-tipped missiles essentially useless for the smaller wars fought since. However computer-guided weaponry of all kinds, from
(or "smart bombs") to computer-aimed tank rounds, has greatly increased weaponry's accuracy.
, a ballistic missile.
(Photo: Antônio Milena/ABr)
Being able to prepare, maneuver and attack before the enemy can detect the threat and respond can be a decisive advantage. The element of surprise has long been recognized as a tactical advantage. Modern technology can increase this, such as when one side has sophisticated
technology allowing maneuvering and combat at night when the enemy, not so equipped, is limited. High tech surveillance and
gathering methods such as
can prevent surprise or identify targets. Coordination of forces is necessary in order to utilize separated forces effectively, modern communications, if unjammed and unintercepted are substantial advantages. Even once targets or strategic objectives are identified, it is necessary to prepare detailed plans for individual forces to follow, a time consuming process that modern armies are trying to computerize to achieve an advantage of speed over the enemy.
Since interfering with enemy infrastructure, intelligence and communications yields an advantage, and a weapon is defined as something that grants such an advantage, new targets and weapons such as
are becoming possible.
50 Facts About U.S. Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Weapons Facts and Figures 2006
Weapons have existed for a long time and as time goes by the weapons seem to get better and also deadlier. Weapons ranging from a simple bow and arrow to a rocket launcher. Weapons are mostly used in fights like a knife or in military purposes like war. Man has made powerful weapons that can wipe out cities and leave devasting affects during and after. One of the most known weapons are pistols which is very common when used in police and also one of the most powerful weapons which is the atom bomb. If man doesn't use them wisely or mess up they can wipe out all of mankind with just a several bombs.
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