The Soviet Nuclear Bomb

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Soviet Nuclear Bomb Report The Soviet Nuclear Age was a time period during the Cold War in which nuclear tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union had been heightened. The Arms Race that ensued began when the Soviet spy Klaus Fuchs had collected vital information about the first thermonuclear bomb that was detonated by the U.S. in 1945.The first hydrogen bomb test by the U.S.S.R. was conducted on August 29th, 1949 and was code named First Lightning. The hydrogen bomb which was a new concept developed by the Soviet Union and was created in order to have a larger more powerful weapon in comparison to the American bomb. The hydrogen bomb took 4 years to develop as opposed to the bomb developed by the Manhattan Project which took 5 years to create. However the U.S. argues that the Hydrogen bomb was not more than 20% of the power released from their previous explosives. The Soviets believed they had to build stronger and bigger bombs to compensate for their lack of accuracy and precision. The Tsar bomba was the largest nuclear weapon ever built and was detonated as an act of intimidation by the Soviets. The nuclear arms race came to an end during the 1980s due the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 to establish a Communism…show more content…
In a political sense the arms race would prove which country was stronger, due to their production of nuclear warheads. The more powerful country would have the greater sphere of influence and control economic and military decisions with ease. The Cold War had been greatly impacted due to the creation of the Soviet hydrogen bomb due to the U.S. being at a disadvantage because they were not able to build nuclear weapons as quickly as the Soviets. However most importantly the nuclear arms race was at the pinnacle of a nuclear warfare between the competing nations. This conflict did almost lead to attacks on either
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