RDS-220 / “Big Ivan” (TSAR BOMBA) Test

On the morning of October 30, 1961, Humanity witnessed the largest explosion caused by man. The force released was the equivalent of 50,000,000,000 kg of TNT, even though its load was cut in half to avoid excessive global radioactive contamination. This mega bomb marked the end of the crazy nuclear race that seemed to have no end. 22 months later, in August 1963, the USRR and the USA signed a Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty that limited to some extent the tests carried out since then.

RDS-220 / “Big Ivan” (TSAR BOMBA) Test gallery and more info


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Country of origin

Soviet Union


Atmospheric test


October 30, 1961 at 08:33:27 AM (Moscow time)

Missile/bomb dimensions, (length x diameter)

8.00 x 2.10 meters

Missile/bomb weight

27,000 kg

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Fissile material: Uranium 238 core – Type: fission three-stage thermonuclear device

Yield, (maximum)

50 Megatons