LA. Andryushin, N.P. Voloshin, R.I. Ilkaev, A.M. Matushchenko, L.D. Ryabev, V.G. Strukov, A.K. Chernyshev, and Yu.A. Yudin
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Catalog of worldwide nuclear testing / V.N. Mikhailov, editor-in-chief,
Translation of Iadernye ispytaniia, edinyi katalog - CIP data sheet.
ISBN 1-56700-131-9 (he.)
1. Nuclear weapons - Testing. I. Mikhailov, V.N. (Viktor Nikitovich) U264.C38 1999
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This publication has been prepared by a group of experts from the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Atomic Energy headed by First Deputy Minister V.N. Mikhailov. It is a step toward the unified classification of nuclear tests conducted by the five nuclear-weapon states - the United States , the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom , France , and the People's Republic of China . All these tests were carried out between 1945 and 1996. This publication is based on both official ( USSR Nuclear Weapons Tests and Peaceful Nuclear Explosions. 1949 through 1990, RFNC-VNIIEF, 1996, USSR Nuclear Tests. Hydronuclear Experiments. Plutonium Inventory, RFNC-VNIIEF, 1997, and United States Nuclear Tests. July 1945 through September 1992, DOE, 1994) and some unofficial publications. For the first time an attempt is being made to show the entire picture of nuclear testing and to classify, in a comparative manner, the main features of nuclear testing programs for all nuclear-weapon states. The book also includes the basic information about nuclear explosions in India and Pakistan .
The book includes the unified catalog of all known nuclear tests and peaceful nuclear explosions and comments to the catalog. Because this book is based on both official and unofficial information, it cannot be considered as an official world catalog of all nuclear tests. Nevertheless, it is a principal step toward this goal.
The book is intended for a wide range of specialists, and those in the public who are interested in the history of nuclear testing and the development of nuclear technologies.