“Rods from God”

“Rods from God” is a nickname for a type of kinetic weapon that lacks a warhead and kills or damages using kinetic energy instead. Small, less than two inches in length, metal slugs were used during WW2, Korea and Vietnam to kill enemy soldiers. They were dropped from airplanes and killed by striking vertically after developing a high rate of descent. “Rods from God” proposes putting satellites into orbit and arming them with tungsten rods that could be fired at targets on earth and destroying them without using conventional or nuclear warheads. The proposed rods would be 20-30 feet long and 1-2 feet in diameter.


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