The E96 cluster bomb was an American anti-personnel biological cluster bomb developed in 1950.
History[edit | edit source]
A February 24, 1950 report prepared by William M. Creasy, a colonel in the Army Chemical Corps' Research and Engineering Division, characterized the E96 cluster bomb as in the final stages of development. According to Creasy's report, at the time the U.S. had no other biological weapon systems ready for use in battle.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
The E96 cluster bomb was a 227 kilograms (500 lb) biological weapon designed to deliver an anti-personnel or anti-animal biological agent. It consisted of 104 E48 sub-munitions, each one weighing 2 kilograms (4 lb). The sub-munitions were clustered into an E38 cluster adapter and when used, would be dropped from 11,000 metres (35,000 ft) generating an aerosol cloud in the shape of an ellipse.
References[edit | edit source]
- Whitby, Simon M. Biological Warfare Against Crops, (Google Books), Macmillan, 2002, pp. 104-08, (ISBN 0333920856).
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