Israel recently carried out a series of test detonations to measure the damage that would be caused by a so-called “dirty” radiological bomb, if it were set off by hostile forces, according to the left-wing Haaretz newspaper.
A “dirty bomb” does not require mastery of nuclear bomb production, but uses conventional explosives together with radioactive material. It can therefore more easily be acquired and deployed by non-state actors like terror groups.
“The research concluded that high-level radiation was measured at the center of the explosions, with a low level of dispersal of radiation by particles carried by the wind,” the newspaper wrote Monday. “Sources at the reactor said this doesn’t pose a substantial danger beyond the psychological effect.”
The paper adds that the staff of the Dimona nuclear reactor began a series of tests in 2010 that were dubbed the “Green Field” project, and were designed to assess the consequences of the detonation of a dirty bomb in Israel. The project was concluded in 2014, and its research findings have been presented at scientific gatherings and on nuclear science databases.
Full article: Report: Israel Recently Tested ‘Dirty Bombs’ (Arutz Sheva 7)