Big Babylon supergun Iraq that could blow up the world
• Great Babylon supergun Iraq that could blow up the world
Ambitious projects superweapon dream, probably, all dictators. Russia has been the Tsar Cannon (and later King Bomb), Hitler made his "Gustav" and "Dora" to attack the Maginot Line; Saddam Hussein has gone furthest.
Now the remnants of what was to become a devastating weapon, stored in the Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson. Many people just walk past without even knowing why then these huge pipes. But "Babylon" project fell apart at the last moment: a little more, and the whole world would be able to take a look how far can shoot giant cannon Uncle Saddam.
Amazing in its ambitious project "Babel" was launched under the patronage of Saddam Hussein. At such a decisive step dictator dared during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.
Of course, this level of its engineers were not in the country. The project was in charge of foreign experts - according to unconfirmed reports, Hussein actively cooperated with US intelligence. The basis for the study were taken superweapon HARP old project, which in 1960 developed the Canadian artillery Gerald Bull.
Information about the project "Babel" is very sketchy - the Americans have tried to keep secret, away from sin, all received after the overthrow of dictator information. It is known that in all there are four devices, one of which was at a late stage of development.
The article "Great Babylon" fired two-part shell. Normal propellant is maintained in the bottom of the barrel of the elongated shell, which has the task to maintain a constant pressure in the barrel.
A giant cannon could fire a 600 kg charge at a distance of 1,000 kilometers. In addition, the "Great Babylon" was able to run a two-ton missile, capable to put into orbit a satellite weighing 200 kilograms. With this method significantly reduces the cost of launching into orbit - only $ 600 per kilogram.
Fortunately, Saddam Hussein's dreams come true on the superweapon was not fated. Author of the project, Gerald Bull, was killed in Brussels, already in 1990. A little later, US intelligence agencies intercepted a successful part of the "Great Babylon", which crossed into Iraq through Europe.
Of course, Iraq immediately declared that it is - just a petroleum equipment components. The United Nations, in turn, has officially said that they do not intend to take any chances. The components of the "Great Babylon" were destroyed in 1991.