China's Nuclear Programmes
"596" - The Chinese Atomic Bomb
This pure-fission U-235 implosion fission device named "596" wasChina's first nuclear test. The device weighed 1550 kg. No plutonium was available at this time.
"596" on the way to the tower
"596" Atomic Bomb (43 K)
"596" Detonation (68 K)
Lop Nur Nuclear Test Range (67 k).
The Lop Nur Nuclear Test Range four days after the test of "596". Image taken by a KH-4 Corona intelligence satellite. Satellite image courtesy John Pike at the Federation of American Scientists, see the FAS
The Chinese Hydrogen Bomb
This was China's sixth nuclear test, and its first full scale radiation implosion (Teller-Ulam) weapon test. It was conducted only 32 months after the first atomic test, the shortest elapsed time for any nuclear weapons state. The device contained U-235, lithium-6 deuteride, and U-238. It was detonated at 2960 m over the Lop Nur Test Ground after being dropped from an H-6
China's First Hydrogen Bomb
Going down... (60 K)
And going back up... (51 K)