W49 (nuclear weapon)

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W49 nuclear weapons were U.S. Air Force thermonuclear warheads, with a 1.44 Mt yield, for intermediate range (IRBM) and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), in use from roughly 1959 to 1964. They were aboard various models of the:

They succeeded the W35 and was adapted from the W28, equipped with a Category A Permissive Action Link.

The W49 was used in the ionospheric nuclear detonation experiments code-named Starfish. These gave considerable insight into electromagnetic pulse.