France successfully exploded an H-Bomb in the South Pacific last Friday (July 3). Soon after,?
France successfully exploded an H-Bomb in the South Pacific last Friday (July 3). Soon after, French Defence Minister Michel Debre revealed plans to explode three more in the current test series.
M. Debre told a press conference at Papeete, Tahiti, that the next three blasts would be less powerful than the first. He refused to give details of the power of last Friday's Hydrogen Bomb, but officials estimated it to be about one megaton (one million tons of TNT).
M. Debre added that scientists from the research centre on Tahiti and the Atomic Energy Commission had proved that the explosions left no radioactive contamination in the area. The ensuing tests would therefore be free of the "surfeit" of anti-contamination precautions.
"The measures taken are exemplary", he said, "and we shall be able to cut-back on the surfeit of useless precautions".
The Defence Minister said the current test series was 30% cheaper than those staged in 1968.
"The great French atomic adventure is one of the great adventures of our time", he added.